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St. Pete Edge District and Chamber of Commerce get city funding listen

12/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Steve Kornell, St. Petersburg area chamber of commerce, Janelle Irwin, budget

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The St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce and a growing entertainment district near downtown was awarded a piece of city funding being divvied up for various economic development and community revitalization projects. As part of a new budget, city council used $180,000 from its reserves, freeing up that amount from the general fund. But after a morning filled with bickering about how to spend the money, board members voted unanimously to decide what to do with the remaining $124,000 later.

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Democrat Jessica Ehrlich bashes opponent Bill Young for stalemate over Washington budget battle listen

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: budget, Bill Young, Congress, Jessica Ehrlich, government shutdown

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The partial government shutdown responsible for closing national parks and furloughing hundreds of thousands of government workers is now entering its second week. A Democrat running against Republican veteran member of Congress Bill Young is demanding he take leadership among his own party to end the budget stalemate. At a press conference in front of Young’s office Monday, Jessica Ehrlich urged him to support what Democrats are calling a clean budget resolution.

Some extreme right conser...

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St. Pete City Counsel votes 5-3 to approve Bill Foster's fiscal budget listen

09/13/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A divided St. Petersburg City Council voted late last night 5-3 to adopt Mayor Bill Foster's tentative fiscal year budget. The City Council Chamber filled up quickly, prompting the city to open two additional rooms with close circuit television. Regular citizens and members of grassroots organizations appealed to the City Council to tax less and spend more.

One organization, the People's Budget Review, had several members in attendance. It's a grassroots ...

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Some Tampa residents have other ideas for Governor Scott's $500 million tax cut proposal listen

09/12/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because of an expected budget surplus Governor Rick Scott wants to cut $500 million worth of taxes for Floridians next year. During a stop at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Thursday as part of what he’s calling the “It’s Your Money” tour, Scott emphasized cuts to job creators. But a group of ten protesters, including retired Apollo Beach resident Christopher Radulich, wants the proposed cuts to be put to better use.

“Usually, tax cuts benefit the most those in the upper incomes...

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Governor Scott vetoes $360 million from state budget listen

05/20/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Florida Governor Rick Scott hit back at the state Legislature today by vetoing almost $400 million from the state's new budget.

Scott praised the budget, which now stands at roughly $74.1 billion. The governor vetoed a 3 percent tuition hike for college and university students that had been championed by House Speaker Will Weatherford. There are legal questions, however, about the move and it could prompt a lawsuit from the Legislature.

The governor also said no to a $50 million item to...

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St. Pete residents weigh city budget options listen

04/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete officials are taking input from residents on how to manage the city’s money. During the first of three budget summits last night in Northeast St. Pete, residents weighed in on what services and projects they think officials should prioritize. Lou Brown III has worked on a project called the people’s budget review that surveyed more than 500 residents.

“Ten percent responded with ending racism, segregation and enhancing the southside. Nine percent of responses were Pier r...

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Pinellas County Commission Chair on the Upcoming Meetings About the County Budget; and FOODOPOLY with Author Wenonah Hauter

04/08/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today- it’s time to prepare county budgets. We’ll talk with the chairman of the Pinellas County Commission Ken Welch about the upcoming budget process—as well as the referendum on mass transit that will be on next year’s ballot…..

And later- the takeover of American Agriculture by giant corporations. It’s happening. What does it mean for farmers, consumers, and people concerned about food safety. We’ll talk ...

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Nicole Woo analyzes the "fiscal cliff"

01/03/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Nicole Woo, head of Domestic Policy for the Center for Economic Policy Research institute discussed the "resolution" of the "fiscal cliff" She pointed out the over-blown nature of the crisis and the failure to resolve some of the most important areas-namely the debt ceiling which is yet to come. She and others refer to the current economic problems as the "Triple Cliff" and is concerned about the effects to the economy and the average salaried citizen. She pointed out m...

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Mattea Kramer with the National Prioriities Project talks about the "economic cliff"

11/15/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mattea Kramer who is a senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project and lead author of A PEOPLE'S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET talks about the background and her "take" on the impending "economic cliff." She suggests the politicians will kick the decisions down the road but underscores the importance of the issues to every American and the need for a national rational discussion of debt-but down the line after the economy recovers better.

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Romney hits hard in first Presidential debate listen

10/04/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Nearly 60 faculty members and students gathered Wednesday night at the Saint Petersburg College campus in Clearwater to observe and reflect on the Presidential debate. The debate focused on domestic issues. It was a numbers and figures laden discussion about the economy, debt and entitlement reform.

Although Obama and Romney agreed cuts in spending are necessary, they differed on which ones and by how much. For instance, Romney would eliminate federal funding for [public broadcasting](http...

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