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Gov. Rick Scott celebrates new Tampa business, unemployment still up listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a jump in state unemployment last month, Governor Rick Scott announced 190 new jobs in Tampa this morning. The company StreetLinks moved to the Sunshine State because Florida offered them the best incentives.

Governor Scott considers himself the jobs governor. So when a company decides to move from Indiana to Florida he uses it to promote policies some people call corporate welfare.

“We’ve reduced business taxes, we’ve reduced property tax, business tax. We have a low busine...

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Mitt Romney Campaigns in Orlando

06/12/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is campaigning at Con-Air, an Orlando AC filter company today. We'll hear from surrogates for the presidential campaigns on the first part of today's program. First we'll hear from Rep. Dennis Ross R-Lakeland who was recently named by The National Journalas one of the ten most co...

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Advocate claims rampant Florida corruption linked to money in politics listen

05/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida has a corruption problem. So a group is leading an ethics reform charge by looking at how tax dollars are spent. In downtown St. Pete local Democrats learned how Dan Krassner is trying to make government more transparent.

“Florida, well above any other state in the country, is number one in federal public corruption convictions between the years 2000 and 2010.”

And that, Krassner said, is the real job killer in Florida.

“I think businesses look at Florida and they see the...

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Religious coalition calls on Tampa City Council to reduce unemployment listen

04/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Members of a religious political action group in Hillsborough County called on Tampa City Council members Monday night to introduce ordinances that would boost employment rates in the area. The Hillsborough Organization for Prosperity and Equality (HOPE) proposed two measures for council members to consider at the Mount Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tampa. One would require employers to delay background checks until after an interview. After seeing dozens of hands raise from the ...

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Tampa Bay economy compared to five other regions; only Jacksonville was worse listen

03/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A report released today ranks Tampa Bay almost dead last out of six comparable regions. Officials from the agency say even though the area didn’t move from its overall standings last year, there have been improvements to economic development. Stuart Rogel who is the president and CEO of Tampa Bay Partnership says the creation of new jobs is one of the biggest wins.

“Tampa ranks fifth out of six communities that we bench mark against on this year’s score card. We’ve seen on the upside...

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At Walt Disney World President Obama calls for making US leading tourism destination listen

01/19/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama says he wants to make America the top travel destination in the world. He picked Walt Disney World to promote his plans to boost tourism ahead of the GOP presidential primary in this crucial battleground state.

Standing in front of Disney's Cinderella's Castle on a picture-perfect day, Obama laid out plans to speed visa processing and make it easier for people in fast-growing China, Brazil and elsewhere to travel to the U.S. He called for a new national strategy to p...

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Despite high national unemployment, St. Petersburg job seekers are optimistic listen

01/12/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Job seekers stood in a line stretching around the block, awaiting entry to the Tampa Bay job & career fair. Dave LaBell, an organizer of the event with the Tampa Bay Times, expected 3,000 to 3,500 attendees.

Less than an hour after doors opened, the Coliseum was already bustling. Dozens of booths with companies looking to hire filled the venue. Tradewinds Island Grand Resort was an especiall...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn stumps for payroll tax cut extension, but unsure how to pay for it listen

12/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a plan that would extend payroll tax cuts for 160 million Americans. On a conference call today Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn supported the measure, but didn’t say how he thought it should be paid for.

The tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this month, but as part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act they can be continued. There is widespread support for ...

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MacDill AFB expo supports service-disabled veteran business-owners. listen

12/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today more than 600 veterans and small businesses met at Tampa’s Convention Center, looking for ways to connect veteran business owners who have been disabled in combat with military contracts. MacDill Air Force Base organized the expo.

The Association for Service Disabled Veterans estimates that out of more than 26 million veterans, 2 million are service disabled. Eugene Toni works out...

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New Port Richey job fair draws 300 residents looking for work listen

12/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 300 job seekers and dozens of employers converged on a job fair in New Port Richey, where many residents say they are finding it difficult to find work outside of the service industry. Employers ranging from home based businesses to federal agencies were accepting applications.

It seems that Floridians need all the help they can get when it comes...

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