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League of Conservation Voters releases environmental scorecard for Congress on spending measure listen

03/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The League of Conservation Voters has released a special edition of its environmental scorecard for Congress on an appropriations measure with two dozen amendments. Alex Taurel is a legislative representative at the League of Conservation Voters.

"The national environmental scorecard, which the League of Conservation Voters puts out annually, it's been the nationally accepted yardstick to rate members of Congress on environmental, pu...

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One of Florida's leading environmentalists talks about the Governor's budget & Florida Forever land preservation program

02/07/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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The governor will announce his proposed state budget tomorrow and here to talk about the budget, preserving the state's environment and the Florida Forever land preservation program is the executive director of Audubon of Florida, Eric Draper.

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Hillsborough Commission votes down 1 layoff, EPC furloughs listen

07/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County may be in the thick of another tough budget process, but at least one employee will get to keep her job. County Land Use Ombudsman Maricela Medrano is known for being a liaison between the county and the Latino community. Her job was on the chopping block when Interim County Administrator Mike Merrill presented his budget to the Board of County Commissioners.

"We have a number of folks, who are hard working and have been laid of before, in the last round and in this ro...

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Hillsborough County faces another budget squeeze listen

07/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Well, thanks to our listener-supporters, WMNF may have narrowly avoided downsizing, but one can’t say the same for Hillsborough County. The County Commission is facing more tough decisions on how to deal with a bleak financial outlook.

Hillsborough County’s budget faces a $65 million gap. Today county budget director Eric Johnson told the commissioners that almost 300 positions will need to be cut from the county payroll to help make up for it. Last year, that number was 571. Johnson s...

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Citizens weigh in on Pinellas County steep budget cuts listen

03/04/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the face of a steep budget cut, Pinellas County citizens and government officials came together last night. The first of three budget meetings to discuss the county’s options was held at Palm Harbor University High School. The result was mixed views and heated debates.

Pinellas County faces a $60 million budget cut for the 2011 fiscal year which begins this October 1st. County Administrator, Robert LaSala, said the deficit comes from less property tax revenue, the main source of incom...

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At Tiger Bay Bill Foster addresses chase policy, BayWalk, budget listen

02/23/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last week, the St. Petersburg city administration and police department suggested loosening the city’s police chase policy. A new policy would allow police vehicles to pursue some fleeing car thieves and burglars. It was the first subject residents wanted to hear about at Tuesday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting featuring St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.

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County Commission Lets White Abstain from Lawsuit Vote listen

02/03/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Nearly two weeks ago, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted six to one to sue Commissioner Kevin White for $425,000 in legal fees associated with a sexual harassment suit filed against White by former aide Alyssa Ogden in 2008. White cast the sole “no” vote.

Republican Chris Ingram then filed an ethics complaint against the democratic commissioner, citing state law requiring public officials to abstain from voting on matters that concern them financially. Today, the boa...

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St. Pete Budget Hearing

09/18/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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After months of wrangling, the St. Petersburg City Council approved its 2010 budget yesterday. The slim budget was met with praise, but not everyone was happy.

After nearly two hours of listening to public comments and ironing out a few remaining details, the St. Petersburg City Council passed its 2010 budget 7-1. It was the last budget over which outgoing Mayor Rick Baker presided, and also one of the tightest, as the mayor noted.

Council members and a handful of commenters commended ...

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Iorio lays out lean budget listen

08/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio introduced her 2010 budget to the City Council this morning, a budget nearly 10% smaller than a year ago.

In a sobering analysis, the Mayor referred to the employee layoffs that began a couple of years ago, but said despite the cuts the city government has not lost the ability to do any of its essential services.

Declining property values and tax collections have left the city with a $51 million dollar budget deficit. Iorio detailed how she has addressed that ga...

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Despite massive deficit Hillsborough County Commission lowers property tax rate listen

07/30/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite facing huge budget cuts, the Hillsborough County Commission today voted to slightly reduce the property tax rate. The reduction will lower a typical homeowner’s bill by about twenty-four cents, resulting in a further $100,000 decline in county revenue.

The commissioners approved a combined general revenue operating fund and environmentally sensitive lands debt service tax rate of about $5.80 per $1,000 of a property’s taxable value. So...

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