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5 things to look for in Bob Buckhorn’s State of Tampa address

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is scheduled to give his State of the City this morning. Here are some things to look for in his speech. Transportation – In his 2014 speech, Buckhorn called for a funding referendum to support expanded bus service and light rail in Tampa, saying that the goal should be a referendum in the fall of 2016. With Hillsborough County Commissioners scheduled to vote on whether to do that later this month, undoubtedly the mayor will encourage not only…

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Florida editorial roundup

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Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: Daytona Beach News-Journal on funding for state’s park system: Florida’s parks have been recognized three times — in 1999, 2005 and 2013 — as the nation’s best park system. No other state has earned that many honors. Last year they attracted more than 27 million visitors. But that’s not good enough for Florida officials, who are concerned that too many parks generate insufficient revenues for management. Jon Steverson, the recently confirmed head of the Department…

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Excuse me, Mr. Scott Wagman, but how exactly do you plan on paying for 100 more cops?

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Scott Wagman’s comprehension of public policy pales in comparison to his knowledge of what accent color goes well with cornflower blue, but the first-time candidate hasn’t shied away from making ridiculous proposals. This is the candidate whose very first policy position was to call for a moratorium on any and all spending for new parks, despite the fact that such spending comes from an earmarked fund established only for that purpose. This is the candidate who suggested it was okay…

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