Taxpayers foot the bill while the feds lets aging building rot

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Florida, National, News  /  No Comments

Dyer Courthouse, from Wikipedia.

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Miami’s love affair courthouses is costing taxpayers a bundle.
Not only does it cost a fortune to build a new courthouse, the cost of maintaining the structures they replace is eye-popping.
In 2008, the historic David W. Dyer Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on First Avenue was left for dead [...]

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‘Fiscally responsible’ Florida has $11.5 billion in off-the-books debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

DebtCarried

Balanced budgets aside, Florida’s finances aren’t on solid ground, a fiscal watchdog group says.

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Feds subsidize Florida law enforcement’s military equipment stockpile

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Courtesy of U.S. Army

M-16 assault rifles, reconnaissance helicopters and electric golf carts. For pennies on the dollar, local law enforcement agencies in Florida have been stocking up on surplus military equipment for years.

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Stifling free speech? California looks to ban Confederate flag

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Alabama, California, First Amendment, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, National, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

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Hertz: Crown jewel in Florida’s tax-incentives-for-jobs program under fire, again

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Hertz CEO Mark Frissora was instrumental in securing an $85 million tax incentive package last year — courtesy of state and Lee County taxpayers. Now, thanks to three years of unreliable financial statements, investors are calling for his head.

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Miami voters to decide fate of Bayside Marketplace expansion

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

NEGOCIO REDONDO? El Bayside Marketplace, la zona comercial frente al agua, de ocio, situado justo en el codiciado centro de Miami ha gozado de un  alquiler por debajo del valor del mercado desde hace casi 30 años.
(Photo source: Flickr.com)

For the past 30 years, the tony waterfront shopping, entertainment and dining area smack dab in the middle of Miami’s coveted downtown has been paying below-market rent for its prime location.

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