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HART approves millage rate ceiling hike listen

08/01/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning, the Board of Hillsborough’s transit agency, HART, raised the maximum amount it can assess homeowners for the county’s bus and other transportation services. During the two hour meeting the board also addressed collective bargaining and changes to In-Town-Trolley routes.

Meeting rising costs without asking tax payers to pony up is becoming more and more difficult in a struggling economy and issues concerning transportation are no exception. In their first meeting since Ju...

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Norquist, Rubio, Sanders & Greenspan on debt ceiling; Kate Bradshaw on firing of two state employees investigating mortgage industry

07/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)

We'll hear two listener comments about yesterday's program. We'll also hear WMNF's Kate Bradshaw reporting about the forced resignation of two staffers in Florida's Attorney General's office who had been investigating the mortgage industry and whether Floridians had been ripped off. Later we'll hear several different views on raising the debt ceiling: Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Senator Marco Rubio, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan.

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Interview with Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston

07/27/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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With the debate over raising the debt ceiling in Washington almost at an impasse we're joined now by David Cay Johnston who is one of the nation's leading journalists on the issue of taxes. Johnston is a columnist for Reuters and author of Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch and early next year The Fine Print, all books about little known ways the economy is rigged to benefit the richest among us. He formerly covered taxes for the New York Times where he won a Pulitzer Prize.

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President Obama holds press conference on federal deficit debate

07/11/11 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Earlier today President Obama held a press conference regarding the ongoing talks on the debate over whet to do about raising the federal ceiling on the debt limit. At the press conference the President acknowledged that he was considering cuts to entitlements. He also said he was not considering raising taxes immediately, that he did not want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and that he was in favor of renewing th...

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Why is the economy taking so long to recover? An interview with economist Ayse Somersan

06/06/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Last week the nation's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent to 9.1%. Why is this recession lingering? Here to talk about is is Professor Emeritus of Economics At The University Of Wisconsin-Madison Ayse Somersan, Ph.D.


Corporate tax cut passes the Florida House listen

05/05/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill today that will give $1,100 in tax cuts to corporations.

The bill passed 110-5. Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera said the popular bill would help small businesses.

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker, it's a wonderful day in the Florida House to have bi-partisan support for this very good bill that provides tax relief to the small businesses in the State of Florida. I want to thank our friends in the minority caucus who are participating with ...

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In Tampa, Progressive organizations tell Bank of America to pay their taxes listen

04/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protesters from various progressive organizations gathered yesterday in front of a Tampa Bank of America to protest tax practices that benefit large corporations. About 75 people with signs urged corporations to pay their taxes.

Yesterday was tax day which meant a lot people paid a lot of money to a financially struggling government. But protesters say Bank of America and other corporate giants weren’t among those that had to pay up. They gathered along Kennedy Blvd. in front of Bank of...

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Counter-protesters attacked by some tea party participants at Tampa tax-day rally listen

04/18/11 Christopher Davis and Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Fewer than 1000 people turned out Last Friday for the Tampa Tax Day Tea Party Rally, even though organizers expected more than 5000. Marco Rubio, Ralph Reed and many others gathered to speak about lower taxes and government spending, to denounce the new health care law, and to protest undocumented immigration.

Ralph Reed from Faith and Family Coalition spoke about religion and freedom, but also encouraged the Tea Party activists.

"When people were writing the premature obituary of con...


Live report from progressive rally in Tampa against corporations shirking taxes listen

04/18/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Federal Income Tax returns are due today. But many progressives feel that an undue proportion of taxes go toward war and not enough goes to important social priorities. A group Fight for Florida is organizing about a dozen tax day protests across the state including one at this hour in downtown Tampa. Our reporter Janelle Irwin is live on the scene in front of downtown’s Bank of America. Janelle, tell us who is there and what they’re saying.

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Live report from tax day Tea Party rally in Tampa listen

04/15/11 Christopher Davis, Lenka Davis and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today, April 15, is the traditional day federal income taxes are due to the IRS. For the last few years, tea party affiliated groups have held large protests on April 15. At this hour, outside the taxpayer-funded National Football League Stadium in Tampa, Marco Rubio is headlining a tax day protest.

Our reporters Lenka Davis and Christopher Davis are there and will bring you a full report Monday. Christopher joins us live now on the phone. Christopher, tell our listeners how many people a...

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