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Proposed second St. Pete baseball stadium has a price, but no funding plans released yet listen

10/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local developer is trying to stimulate conversation about how to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. A group released plans last Friday for a new baseball stadium in the mid-Pinellas Carillon area that includes a retractable roof and a price tag, but no known way to pay for it.

Owners of the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t happy in their current home at Tropicana Field where many seats are often empty on game days. Speculation of moving the team across the Bay to Tampa prompted St. Pete...

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Grover Norquist spoke in St Petersburg during Republican convention listen

09/04/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last Wednesday at the USF St. Petersburg campus, the conservative lobbyist and author of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” Grover Norquist delivered a 40 minute speech about the current American political process. The low turn out of roughly 50 people received a lesson in the ideology of the Republican Party from arguably one of the most powerful men in Washington.

Norquist’s advocacy group, Americans for Tax Reform, is best known for the taxpayer protection pled...

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Grover Norquist touts corporate tax cuts to Republican convention folks listen

08/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist wants to lower the corporate tax rate by 10%. During a breakfast at the Grand Hyatt overlooking The Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa this morning he said a 25% maximum corporate tax rate would bring more jobs to U.S. cities.

Norquist created a pledge for politicians he hopes they will consider and sign. It’s a written promise to not raise taxes and it pl...

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Tax Day brings Occupy tax protesters in St. Pete listen

04/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As people hurried into the main post office in St. Petersburg to file their taxes before tonight’s midnight deadline, 40 people stood outside waving signs demanding tax equality. The protesters representing at least three different advocacy groups said it’s not fair that wealthy individuals and corporations have access to tax credits and loopholes that often let them pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. Jasmine Carter, a member of Occupy St. Pete and Awake the State, said instead...


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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Florida Senate Committee Moves To Fund Charter School Buildings and Maintenance With Public Money

02/07/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about a move in Tallahassee to give more funding to charter schools. The move has drawn fire from PTA’s and school boards around the state.

First, two listener comments about yesterday’s program. We opened the phones after starting the program discussing the grassroots citizen’s lobby RESULTS. The two comments were about the open phones segment of yesterday’s program.

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Prosperity Campaign kicks off free tax filing program for low income households listen

01/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Workers in Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam costumes have started to appear on street corners. That means tax season is here. An organization that prepares taxes for free for low income individuals and families kicked off their campaign at Hillsborough Community College this morning.

The Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough County connects low income families with programs to help them gain financial stability and find access to quality healthcare. This time of year they also push The Vol...

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Coalition calls for fairer tax system in Florida

01/20/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

Coming up today we'll talk taxes, Newt Gingrich and the proposals to replace The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. First one listener comment.

A coalition in Tallahassee called Floridians for a Fair Economy this week announced the Fair Economy Act, legislation to end the tax structure that protects special interests and rewards the rich at the expense of hard-working middle class families. Here to talk about this is Karen Woodall who is the Director of t...

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Jeffrey Sachs on the Price of Civilization

12/19/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

In his new book THE PRICE OF CIVILIZATION (Random House), economist Jeffrey Sachs says that civic virtue is declining among America’s political and economic elites. He says the US system of markets, laws and elections is not enough if the rich and powerful have no compassion toward the rest of society. He says the two major political parties are in the hands of corporate lobbyists and wealthy contributors. That tax cuts and stimulus spending don’t work. That the military industrial compl...

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State Rep. Franklin Sands explains his backing of a tax on bottled water

12/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On the first part of today's program: State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to collect a fee from bottled water companies that derive profits from the free pumping of millions of gallons of water daily from Florida’s springs and other water bodies. Last week Sands’ filed House Bill 781 which would charge large users of Florida's water supplies 5 cents a gallon. I spoke with him earlier today.


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