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Is Tropicana Field site too contaminated? listen

05/30/08 Seán Kinane and Kamala Chetty
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given the city of St. Petersburg until July to put a deed restriction on the Tropicana Field site. Some people have concerns about whether that means that the site could not be redeveloped as hoped by the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team as part of their plan to have the city and county build them a new waterfront stadium.

The DEP’s most recent letter, dated May 8, gives the city a 60-day deadline to execute a “deed restriction f...

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St Pete City Council examines stadium proposal listen

05/22/08 Seán Kinane and Joyce Newnam
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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The St. Pete City Council held a workshop this afternoon to discuss the proposed financing plan for the construction of a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays and the re-development of their current home.

In their financing plan unveiled last week, the Rays contend that the existing debt that is owed on Tropicana Field would be covered by the sale of the property to either of the two developers who have submitted proposals to purchase and redevelop the property.

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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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Rays present stadium financial plan listen

05/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Rays presented their preliminary financial plan for a $450 million waterfront stadium to the St. Petersburg City Council today.

The Rays said the plan would not require any new tax funding until after 2016, when a hotel tax would have to be reauthorized to continue to fund the new stadium. Before his presentation to City Council,

But the idea of including $55 million in parking revenue generated from city parking lots as part of the 61 percent the Rays consider the privat...

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Rally against CSX rail deal in Lakeland listen

04/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Lakeland business and labor leaders rallied today against plans for a deal between CSX and the state of Florida for a commuter rail line in the Orlando area.

About 170 people held signs and chanted in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park, next to the rail line shared by CSX and Amtrak. Julie Townsend, executive director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, said that the cost to Florida’s taxpayers of the CSX deal had “gotten out of control.”

Townsend thanked Sen. Paula Dockery and Re...

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Part 2 of annual tax call-in program

03/26/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today we held the second part of our annual federal income tax advice call-in program with guests Phil Scheidt, Anne Marie and Andy Mason. All three are CPA's who practice in the Tampa area.

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Part 1 of annual tax call-in program

03/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Today we presented the first of two call-in programs this week devoted to offering advice on filling out federal income tax forms. Our guests were CPA's Phil Scheidt, Lee Hewitt and Malcolm Hayes.

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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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Crist stumps for Amendment One in Tampa listen

01/16/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist arrived by bus at a South Tampa home this afternoon to tout the Yes On 1 campaign. Floridians vote in less than two weeks on Amendment 1, which could lower the property taxes of most Floridians by an average of about $240 per year.

One argument against Amendment 1 is that local governments will have to lay off even more police officers and firefighters because of revenue shortfalls. But Crist doesn’t buy that.

Florida’s public schools will lose an estimated $1.6-b...

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