Office of Economic and Demographic Research

Amy Baker, Director of the Legislative Office of Economic and Demographic Research, discusses issues regarding slot machines during a meeting of the House Business Regulation committee, Thursday, March 10, 2005, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research known as EDR is tasked with predicting outcomes of proposed legislation, new laws, or constitutional amendments. But a new law has now changed how much work goes into predicting petition initiatives. EDR’s Coordinator Amy Baker spoke about what the changes mean.

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The number of people returning to prison based on technical violations has contributed to an uptick in this year’s new prison admissions. Looking for solutions to that problem came up during this year’s legislative session and is a priority for the head of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Lawmaker Wants To Keep Closer Tabs On Incentives

Oct 29, 2013
Florida House

A Miami Beach State Representative wants to know more about the tax incentives Florida hands out to attract businesses or encourage them to expand. But David Richardson admits he doesn’t know much about a similar law already in place.

Florida Medical Marijuana User Estimates Vary Widely

Oct 21, 2013
Medical marijuana plant
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Financial-impact estimators are gathering data on medical marijuana to calculate the costs and benefits for Florida if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing the drug. At a public hearing Monday morning the group’s estimates of how many people would use medical marijuana varied widely.

Florida Expected To Soon Be Third-Most-Populous State

Jul 12, 2013

Demographers expect Florida’s population to continue growing steadily over the next eight years. A population-estimating committee says the state is on track to soon be the country’s third-most populous.

State demographers are now even more confident Florida’s population will soon trail only California and Texas, most likely by the end of 2016. Office of Demographic and Economic Research spokeswoman Amy Baker said most new Floridians will be baby boomers and recent retirees – and that’s good news for the economy.