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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

Child care and the state's economy, government shutdown and Florida sports

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This week on The Florida Roundup, we discuss how pandemic era federal funds for child care centers have been used, the looming federal government shutdown and what it means for Florida, and how a South Florida hockey team is fostering a generation of female players.

Pandemic era federal funding that supports child care centers is due to run out at the end of this month. It may mean higher costs and fewer children as preschools scale back.

More than 8,600 child care centers in Florida have received federal money — called child care stabilization grants — through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

The looming "child care cliff" poses a challenge for Florida families and the state’s economy. The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s research arm estimates the state loses more than $5 billion a year because of challenges parents have with child care.


  • Kyle Baltuch, senior vice president of economic opportunity and early learning for the Florida Chamber Foundation.
  • Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter for The 19th.

Government shutdown

Like a stuck clock ... it’s late September and Congress is arguing over the federal budget. That discord threatens to shut down the government if there is no deal by midnight Sept. 30.

A new federal fiscal year is set to begin Oct. 1. But as of now, Congress has failed to pass any of the appropriation bills that are necessary to keep the government running.

Without any agreement on how to fund the government, we could be heading toward the fourth government shutdown in the past decade. We look at what a long-term shutdown would mean for Florida and hear from two of the state’s members of Congress.


  • U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., 14th District.
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., 6th District.
  • Kimberly Leonard, author of "Florida Playbook" and reporter for Politico.

Hockey — and other sports — in the Sunshine State

Florida is becoming a hockey powerhouse.

The Tampa Bay Lightning brought the Stanley Cup to the Sunshine State two years in a row a couple of years back and went to the finals three years in a row. Then last year, the Florida Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final, making it four years in a row a Florida team has skated for Lord Stanley’s trophy.

And apart from Florida’s two NHL teams, there’s a robust hockey scene across the state. Founded in 2002, the Florida Women’s Hockey League consists of 14 teams, including Fort Lauderdale’s Lucky Pucks

WLRN’s Sherrilyn Cabrera and Alyssa Ramos tell us more about the hockey club made up of girls and women of all ages.

From the ice to the infield, The Tampa Bay Rays will stay in St. Petersburg to play baseball. There was a time when the Rays had a plan to play part-time in Florida and part-time in Montreal. The team has been wanting a new stadium in the Tampa Bay market, and this week got it, as WUSF’s Sky Lebron reports.
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