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Hop aboard: Tampa Bay-area transit authority wants to raise property taxes

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Despite sparse attendance, the details of a new transit plan will affect hundreds of thousands of taxpayers in a Tampa Bay-area county.

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Florida solar amendment on the rise despite free-market concerns

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

U.S. Department of Energy

Breaking the public utilities’ solar monopoly is one thing, but what comes next?

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Florida officials back off land restriction, thanks to property-rights watchdog

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

FloridaFish

After almost two years of uncertainty and intense legal wrangling, local officials in Southeast Florida won’t end up imposing $1,000 daily fines against a small business. Its alleged crime? Violating a decades’ old environmental restriction that regulators never recorded.

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Sunshine State officials sending mixed messages on government transparency

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

open records

A leading consumer protection group is praising Florida’s transparency in regard to spending. But when it comes to other areas of government business, dark clouds are gathering over the Sunshine State.

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Florida lays out the red carpet, and taxpayers trip on it

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Photo by: Shutterstock

It’s tax incentive time at the Florida Legislature, and lawmakers are looking to roll out the red carpet for the entertainment industry. Hooray for Hollywood, too bad for taxpayers.

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Lawsuit aims to ban swimming with manatees in Florida

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is about to be sued over an anima – the manatee- that isn’t exactly “endangered.”

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