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House Minority Leader blasts Republican budget plans listen

03/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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As the Florida Legislature copes with a $2½-billion deficit, lawmakers have proposed slashing $1-billion out of the Human Services budget.

Among the programs on the cutting list include $170-million from the Medically Needy program, which pays medical bills for people in need of transplants or who have catastrophic illness and cannot qualify for Mediciaid.

Also on the chopping block would be plans to end vision, hearing and dental care for 46,000 seniors covered by Medicaid, and elimi...

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Suggestion on cutting budget draws fire listen

03/20/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Councilman Thomas Scott appeared to be an army of one this afternoon when he said he hoped the city could investigate a memo by a Tampa police official that said the city could save $6 million in salaries and other benefits by cutting 15 positions within the Police Department.

The memo was sent by Tampa police Sgt. Borthland Murray last month to the Council. A followup memo by Police Chief Stephen Hogue categorized Murray’s claim as "wildly inaccurate.”

Laura McElroy, a ...

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Will Tampa raise solid waste fees?

03/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio met with City Council members this morning to brief them on four of the city’s Enterprise Funds. They agreed to discuss a proposal by the Iorio administration that would raise fees for solid waste collection at tomorrow’s City Council.

The increased fees may be necessary because, according to Steve Daignault, Tampa’s administrator of Public Works and Utility Services, without any changes, revenue for the Solid Waste Department will dip below expenditures beginni...

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Tampa City Council wants budget analyst listen

02/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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As the city of Tampa tries to cope with reduced funding and more possible staff cuts, the City Council today took the first step toward hiring its own budget analyst.

City Councilman Tom Scott led off the discussion with a motion. Other Council members quickly endorsed Scott’s motion. They all praised the mayor’s budget analyst, Bonnie Wise, but Council member Linda Saul-Sena said they didn’t want to tax her resources.

But such a sentiment wasn’t unanimous. Councilman Charlie M...

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Iorio meets with City Council on budget listen

02/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio briefed members of the City Council about budget concerns resulting from Amendment 1.

The property tax cut approved last month by Florida voters will greatly reduce revenues for local governments. In the meeting at City Hall, Iorio said the city projects collecting $4.1-million less in property tax in 2009. That would result in a $16.8-million difference between total revenues and total expenditures.

Iorio proposed making up $3.4 million of that deficit with ...

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Budget projections worsen in Florida

02/13/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida's revenue picture continues to worsen.

The St. Petersburg Times reported today that preliminary figures show January's tax collections will be at least $138-million below previous estimates, to put the cumulative shortfall for November, December and January at about $230-million.

State Sen. Charlie Justice says he hopes the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission will realize that Florida needs to diversify the way it collects revenue.

When the state Legislature returns to Ta...

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