Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, October 9 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, October 11 @ 12:00 PM
MIA Luggage Wrap Controversy This week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 10-2 in favor of a decision that has local aviation officials outraged and Mayor Carlos Gimenez considering a veto. The new rule says that if a checked bag is wrapped by a company other than Safe Wrap -- which is the only company within Miami International Airport (MIA) to hold this concession -- it won't be allowed into the baggage handling system at MIA. Commissioners in favor of the change, argue the new rules would boost revenue-sharing dollars Safe Wrap has to pay the county. Airport executives say the change will just bring delays and higher fees for passengers. Aside from the cost and inconvenience, does this tell us anything about county commission priorities? Who are they serving?
Guest: Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department
The Future of Financial Tech Later this month, speakers from around the world will present on the future of banking with a focus on South Florida and the region's role as the financial capital of the Americas. The second annual banking disruption conference, Fintech Americas, is a day and a half conference that bridges the divide between banks and disruptive startups that are primed to change both the U.S. and Latin American financial landscape and ultimately move a giant industry forward -- all while encouraging banks to think and act more innovatively.
Guest: Ray Ruga, Fintech Americas
Pot Possession Fine Possible - Broward & Palm Beach This week, both Broward and Palm Beach County Commissioners gave initial approval of new ordinances that could see those caught with up to 20 grams of marijuana, be given a citation in place of jail time -- similar to measures already passed in Miami-Dade County and the City of West Palm Beach. While both proposals still face final votes, some are concerned this is decriminalizing the drug.
Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 24 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Is the Growth Bill good for Florida? A controversial bill loosens state oversight and eliminates fees for developers. Will it provide a needed economic boost, or will it prove disastrous for the state's ability to manage growth?
Guests: State Rep. David Rivera, (R) District 112 State Rep. Oscar Braynon, II, (D) District 103 Jim Murley, Florida Atlantic University
ISSUE TWO: The State of Higher Education State universities explore avenues to ensure financial stability, including possible tuition hikes. How will this affect the access and affordability of a university education in Florida?
Guest: Mark Rosenberg, Florida International University
ISSUE THREE: Gas Prices As the summer driving season approaches, gas prices start to spike. What's behind the increase and when will the price of fuel reach its peak?