Tallahassee Reports has learned that the Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, is spending city funds to promote a controversial claim about Tallahassee’s local economy.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the Tallahassee GDP per capita grew faster than in any of the other 21 MSA’s in the state of Florida in 2016.
However, further analysis showed that the recovery efforts from Hurricane Hermine, propelled by millions of dollars in insurance claims, was the major driver of GDP growth during 2016.
Local leaders have ignored this fact and have instead pointed to the growth in GDP as an indication of a major change in the Tallahassee economy.
And now the Mayor of Tallahassee is promoting this claim using facebook ads.
The ad says, “The numbers don’t lie! Tallahassee has the fastest-growing economy per capita in Florida.”
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