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The Former GOP Operative Who Says The Party Has Become A Cult (And the Democrats Have Become Ineffectual)

08/14/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll meet a former Congressional staffer who worked for Republicans on Capitol Hill. He resigned last year in frustration over the direction the Republican party was taking our country. We’ll speak with him in a moment. But first two listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday our guest was Chris Hedges the Pulitzer Prize wining former war correspondent. We were talking about his new book on so called sacrific...

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes leaner budget without layoffs or millage increase listen

08/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday morning Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget to City Council; he calls it “Changing Tampa’s Economic DNA.” It’s based on a small-government philosophy, avoiding a property tax increase, without laying off any current employees.

“You should be proud of this staff behind me. They have done an amazing job in some very difficult times crafting this budget and putting this together on top of dealing with all of the other things that they de...

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At budget summit St. Pete residents ask for higher taxes, fewer cuts to services listen

04/27/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of St. Petersburg is confronted with a budget deficit of nearly $13 million. Wednesday at the Cate Recreation Center the city hosted the first of three public budget summits. The packed house of 100 residents could only agree that the status quo of cuts without revenue hikes isn’t working.

A group called People’s Budget Review has collected over 2000 opinions from residents and submitted them to [city council and Mayor Bill Foster](http://...

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Pinellas to hold budget eTownHall tonight listen

04/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Like other local municipalities, Pinellas County is going through its budget process. Tonight County Commissioners are holding an open house and an eTownHall meeting online and in person at St. Petersburg College in Seminole. We spoke with Pinellas County’s communications director Tim Closterman.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson doesn't expect a budget agreement to come easily listen

04/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson weighed in on budget proposals in the House and Senate that the two chambers of Congress likely won’t agree on. The Republican-led House is expected to pass a budget, but the Democratic Senate is likely to bat that down. Both chambers need to pass a budget before it can be signed by the President. Nelson agreed with sentiments that the budget debate will be compounded by the upcoming Presidential election.

“It’s going to take a while because the politics...

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St. Pete group calls on community involvement in the city's budget listen

03/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Political activists launched a non-partisan initiative this morning that aims at giving citizens of St. Petersburg a louder voice in the budgeting process. On the steps of City Hall, 40 supporters of the People’s Budget Review learned details of the process that reaches out to residents to gather their ideas on how tax dollars should be spent at the city level. Christian Haas spoke about the process at a press conference.

“Essentially we want to have aggregate data of the citizen’...

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State Legislators discuss what to do about the budget

01/12/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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We're going to open the phone lines in a few minutes. But first I'd like to introduce several topics. First, the state legislature began it's annual two month session on Tuesday. the major item on the agenda (as it is every session) is to draw up a new budget for the coming fiscal year. we're going to listen back to the first part of my WEDU-TV program from last Friday night on which five members of the legislature discussed the budget and the project...

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HART passes $100 million budget for FY2012 listen

09/27/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, or HART, approved a 100 million dollar budget for the next fiscal year. Members of the transit union gave up on demands for a wage increase, as well as a separate step increase. The Board also voted unanimously to raise the millage rate slightly to half a mil.

The HART Board of Directors has been torn between maintai...

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HART proposes reducing budget, yet increasing tax rate listen

08/22/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority plans to increase the millage rate on a typical property owner by about 41 cents per year. That’s even though HART’s overall proposed budget is being reduced by 3.2 percent. Director of planning Mary Shavalier said a decrease in revenue from property taxes is making matters more difficult.

And Shavalier said HART may partner with other organizations to compensate for any additional service needs around the coun...

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Congress reaches a deal to raise the debt limit, but will it pass a vote? listen

08/01/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties have come to an agreement on a proposed budget deal that would cut trillions of federal dollars from the national budget over the next decade. The deal will increase the borrowing limit, preventing the government from defaulting on it’s debt for the first time in history. The measure would extend the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by up to $2.4 trillion...

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