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Hillsborough Commission reviews its budget listen

12/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Florida’s House members were learning the ramifications of the worst economic environment since the Great Depression, Hillsborough County Commissioners were getting a local take on the dire picture.

The Board did get some relatively good news from Chris Lancamera is ddirector of finance with the Clerk of the Board. She told the Board that they don’t have to worry about the safety of the portfolio, but she said she wasn’t as optimistic about interest earnings, especially after the ...

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Mayor proposes budget revisions to address parking debt listen

12/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Because of declining property tax revenues fueled by depreciating home values, the city of Tampa is projected to bring in $12 million less in property taxes in fiscal year 2010 than the current year. That same year the city’s contribution to its employees’ pension account must increase by $10 million due to declining pension balances caused by the weak stock market.

Today Mayor Pam Iorio proposed meeting those fiscal challenges by refinancing debt on parking structures, limiting emplo...

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Jim Norman proposes rebate checks for citizens listen

09/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the Tampa Bay region continues to be one of the worst in the country in terms of unemployment rates, last night Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman proposed giving relief to county taxpayers in the form of economic stimulus checks.

Norman, who says he has been working on such a proposal for about three weeks, unveiled his idea during a public hearing on the county’s 2009 fiscal year budget last night. WMNF asked him where the money would come from.

County Commissioner Ken H...

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Florida's system of raising revenue antiquated? listen

09/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In the wake of the Florida Supreme Court removing Amendment 5 from this November’s ballot, legislative leaders in Florida say they will again make property taxes a top issue in their annual spring session.

But some say the Legislature shouldn’t wait that long to act. Florida Chief Financial Office Alex Sink says now that Florida has a $1.5 billion shortfall, Gov. Charlie Crist should call a special session to be held the day after the November presidential election. That call has been ...

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Tampa budget workshop – fewer cuts in 2009 than last year listen

06/24/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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This morning the Tampa City Council held their second workshop on the city’s fiscal year 2009 budget. They received proposed budgets from several departments, including Police, Fire, Neighborhood Services, and Growth Management. Tampa’s Police Chief Steve Hogue said his department would need 132 million dollars next year and would slightly reduce personnel to 1318 employees. “I have submitted a reduction of about 16 positions this year.”

Hogue said fuel costs are leading Tampa’s ...

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Hillsborough eyes communications department budget

06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Members of the Hillsborough County Commission today proposed eliminating the Government Television station.

The board is looking at ways to offset $87 million in lost revenue from property tax changes and a slowing economy. The idea of dismantling or severely diminishing the county’s Communications Department, which currently has a budget slightly less than $4 million, was first on the workshop agenda.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe said he wanted the county’s television station to be mor...

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Hillsborough loses $87-million in taxes listen

06/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean said today that a lower tax base and reductions in sales taxes will cut the County’s revenues for the next fiscal year by $87-million.

Bean spoke to County Commissioners today, a day before they will seriously examine the budget in a workshop. She said the housing crisis lowered property taxes, but the main reduction came from the implementation of Amendment 1, which roughly doubled the amount of each home’s value exempted from property taxes,...

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Union officials uneasy about USF budget cuts listen

05/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent weeks we’ve reported on the mandated budget cuts at some of Florida’s top Universities, particularly at USF and USF- St. Pete.

Last week, USF President Judy Genshaft said there would be 450 positions cut, but only 70 people or so would actually lose their jobs because those other positions hadn’t been filled.

Bill McClellan, president of Local 3342 AFSCME, told WMNF that much of his rank and file are working under the fear that they too may not have much job security at ...

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The Tax Cut Myth

05/21/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Ever since the Reagan presidency, tax cuts have become an article of faith for conservatives. According to conservative economists, tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, increase the capital available for investment, expand the economy and the benefits eventually reach the wider population.

Our guests have studied the federal tax cuts given to taxpayers during the last 27 years, and they have arrived at some interesting conclusions. One of which is that George Bush’s tax cuts have put t...

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House Committee passes health care bill listen

04/22/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In Tallahassee, a plan to provide health insurance for children with autism and other development disabilities was passed by a committee in the state House.

A new program to increase insurance availability and other services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities passed through its first House committee . The plan would also expand to cover speech, behavioral and other therapies for children with developmental disabilities like autism, mental retardation and cerebr...

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