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Columnist: Government needs more revenue to function properly listen

02/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In his message to Congress last night, President Barack Obama laid out how he plans on dealing with the various crises facing his administration.

But the Washington Post editorialized this morning that his message was more about what could be done than what would have to be left out.

Obama said in addition to dealing with the banking, housing and financial problems, he plans on addressing health care, education, and alternative forms of energy, and cut the deficit in half by 2013.

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Some legislators will promote development to fix economy listen

02/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week, some state lawmakers announced that they believe a way to kick start Florida’s economy is by streamlining the permitting process for new development.

The St. Petersburg Times reporting this week that some of the groups pushing for looser permitting include such politically powerful groups as the Florida Home Builders Association, the Association of Florida Community Developers, and Associated Industries.

Barney Bishop is president of Associated Industries, base...

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Alexandra Harney on 'The China Price' - Part II listen

02/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In her book, The China Price, reporter Alexandra Harney writes that in terms of labor rights, Chinese workers have actually been faring better in courts when suing their employers in recent years.

She writes that although such lawsuits could act as a break in derailing projects that might help nudge China’s GDP grow even higher, and thus make it less attractive to foreign investors, those individual rights cases do make China seem more like other nations, which could actually help the...

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Alexandra Harney on 'The China Price' listen

02/19/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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No country has a greater impact on America’s economy today than China. And at a time when many say is our greatest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, a new book goes behind the scenes in China and into its world-beating factories.

The book, The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage, was written by Alexandra Harney, a former editor of the Financial Times.

WMNF spoke with Harney today.

We’ll hear the second part of this interview on tomorrow nightâ...

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Stimulus could create jobs at Moffitt Cancer Center listen

02/19/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hundreds of construction and research jobs could be created if the Moffitt Cancer Center is able to tap into money from the federal stimulus bill signed by President Barack Obama this week.

In a press conference this morning, Moffitt officials announced they will apply for funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – more than $1 billion of which is earmarked for construction, renovation or repair of existing research facilities.

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Economic intervention forum organized by GOP donor listen

02/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A major donor to Republican causes organized a panel discussion today at a Cruise Terminal at the Port of Tampa. The forum focused on the federal government’s recent interventions into the economy, including last year’s bailout of financial institutions, labeled the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco was among those invited to speak.

A panel made up of bankers, business owners, economists, and others disagreed about whether one of the main goals of ...

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Castor, Hillsborough Schools officials celebrate windfall listen

02/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As part of the federal stimulus plan signed into law by President Barack Obama, more than $5 billion in education funding is expected to come to Florida.

In Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s 11th Congressional District which encompasses Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatees Counties, $145 million is coming soon.

Castor spoke this morning from Chamberlain High School, her alma matter, where she was joined by dozens of people, including local school board officials, and dozens of...

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Hillsborough School District makes plans for stimulus funds listen

02/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some of the education money from the stimulus plan will be distributed through competitive funding.

Jeff Eakins is the Hillsborough County School District’s Director of Federal Programs. WMNF spoke with him after Kathy Castor's news conference today, and asked him about that and other aspects of how the district will spend its new funding.

That’s Jeff Eakins, he’s the Hillsborough County School District’s Director of Federal Programs, speaking about how the district will deal w...

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Here comes new attempt to scale back Class Size Amendment listen

02/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two weeks before the Florida Legislature convenes for its formal regular session, there is again talk of class-size rules being scaled back because of budget issues.

As mandated by the passage of the 2002 Constitutional amendment, class-size rules are scheduled to be fully implemented by next year.

But according to the state board of education, approximately a quarter to a third of all of the state’s classrooms will be above the cap next year- and it’s expected to cost over $800 mil...

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Florida could get $5B in education funding from stimulus bill listen

02/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Public housing provisions total nearly $10 billion. Nearly $15 billion would go to clean-water and environmental protection projects.

And minus the construction money, education programs would receive nearly $100 billion in new funding, including $12 billion for special education, boosting the federal share for education services to the highest level ever, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Arne Duncan is the Secretary of Education. On a conference call with reporters t...

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