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Foreclosure Assistance Workshop set for Saturday listen

04/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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There are currently 3,960 foreclosures for sale in Hillsborough County, according to the website foreclosure warehouse.com. That’s more than in Lee County, where President Obama visited in early February, as it was labeled one of the worst hit areas in the country.

On Saturday morning, Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who represents Hillsborough County as well as parts of Pinellas and Manatee, will hold her fourth foreclosure prevention workshop at Middleton High School on 22nd Av...

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Hillsborough to vote on furloughs for county workers listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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With the Hillsborough government facing a deficit of more than $100 million, County Commissioners today agreed to lead by example by voting to furlough themselves several days sometime later this year.

The idea of the Commissioners taking a hit themselves originated last week from Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Last month, County Administrator Pat Bean stunned some commissioners when she said that the county could be looking at a thousand jobs being cut because of the worsening economy. ...

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Castor hails stimulus funding for Tampa health clinic listen

03/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Congresswoman Kathy Castor spoke in front of a community health clinic in North Tampa today, where she announced that new federal stimulus money will allow the center and its Hillsborough affiliates to hire 9 new employees, including two family practice doctors.

Two billion in grants from the stimulus bill was set aside for community health centers nationally. Approximately three-quarters of that is for construction, renovation and equipment, with the other $500 million to go directly to c...

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Martinez, Castor weigh in on president's plans for GM & Chrysler listen

03/30/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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WMNF spoke with U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor about their reactions to the president’s ouster of General Motors CEO Rick Waggoner, as well as more financial contributions to GM and Chrysler to keep them afloat.

Whether General Motors will be able to re-tool and reinvent itself remains to be seen. If the company does survive, the longtime auto giant will no doubt be pared down significantly.

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Obama canvass takes place in South Tampa listen

03/23/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Following appearances on The Tonight Show and 60 Minutes in recent days, President Barack Obama will address the American public tomorrow night in prime time in his second scheduled news conference.

Obama’s mission on achieving some of his major goals took a hit last week – first with the outrage over bonuses given to executives at A.I.G., followed by the Congressional Budget Office announcing on Friday that the president’s budget could create record deficits in the years to come...

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Hillsborough facing $100M deficit next fiscal year listen

03/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The budget director for Hillsborough County said today the County is looking at a $100 million-plus deficit next fiscal year.

Eric Johnson said that based on lower property tax rolls, the county had been anticipating a 6½ percent reduction in revenues later this year. But he said more recent economic news has virtually doubled that reduction to 13 percent. And Johnson said economic projections indicate the County will not see 5 percent growth in property taxes for at least the next five ...

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Major rally for public education set for Wednesday listen

03/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than a thousand people are expected to protest tomorrow at the state capitol to protest multimillion-dollar cuts to local school districts' budgets.

Over the past year and a half, the Hillsborough County school district has absorbed more than $82 million in cuts, according to Jeanne Clements, president of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association. She says at that same time, new schools have opened, more staff has been hired, and more students have been absorbed into the school dis...

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Congressman Meek on AIG bonuses: "It sickens me" listen

03/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are blasting bailed out insurance giant AIG over the $165 million in bonuses for executives announced this weekend. Those are the same executives whose record losses forced the company to request government assistance in the first place.

Miami area Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek says Congress needs to act soon to address the taxpayer funds going to AIG – which now amounts to $170 billion.

Meek is running for the Democratic nominatio...

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State educators lament fiscal situation in Tallahassee listen

03/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida State Board of Education held a workshop where members heard from a variety of state educators today.

The administrators all acknowledged the tremendous challenges they are facing with reduced funding, but most said they were thinking positively.

Sanford Shugart, president of Valencia Community College, told Board member Roberto Martinez that the resource allocation model in the state has been broken for a long time.

Michael Greco is the superintendant with the Osceola D...

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Bill would eliminate impact fees in Florida until 2012 listen

03/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bay area senator angered environmentalists before the legislative session began when he filed a bill that would block the collection of developer impact fees for three years.

Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, says the way impact fees are imposed is totally unfair and inappropriate.

Hillsborough County Environmental activist Denise Layne says Bennett’s bill and other proposals aim to deregulate the building process this year.

The foreclosure crises has hit Florida hard, with some economi...

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