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Bob Buckhorn delivers his ‘not sexy’ $850 million budget

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn appeared before the City Council on Thursday for nearly an hour to deliver his $850.2 million FY2016 budget, a budget he admitted is “not sexy.” “This budget is not going to include a lot of glamour, but it gets the job done,” he said, emphasizing the much-needed investments in basic infrastructure, such as a large increase in stormwater improvements. As every resident or visitor to Tampa realizes, one large rainstorm can paralyze traffic throughout the city,…

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USF campuses in St. Pete and Tampa still celebrating budget wins

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One of the big winners out of last week’s budget signing by Florida Gov. Rick Scott was the University of South Florida, which received $12 million in funding for its Kate Tiedemann College of Business building on its St. Petersburg campus, and for the $17 million it received toward the construction of the Morsani College of Medicine building to be built in Tampa developer Jeff Vinik’s $1 billion project in the Channelside area. USF intends to house two buildings in the…

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Bob Buckhorn takes his act to Tally

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Bob Buckhorn travels to Tallahassee tomorrow in what is being seen as his first overt move to broaden his statewide appeal in advance of 2018, when he’ll likely take a run at the Democratic nomination for governor. The Tampa mayor will address the Tallahassee Tiger Bay Club on Friday, as well as tape an appearance on the local public affairs program, The Usual Suspects. The visit comes just a few months after Buckhorn breezed through a re-election “campaign,” complete with receiving a walloping…

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Tampa Tribune applauds state for funding USF St. Pete and Tampa projects

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The Tampa Tribune is paying homage to two state lawmakers in its Thursday editorial. State Sen. Tom Lee and state Rep. Rich Corcoran were instrumental in bringing key state funding to the University of South Florida in both Tampa and St. Pete during contentious budget negotiations. The Tribune lauds the $17 million secured to begin work on a downtown Tampa USF medical school at the heart of developer Jeff Vinik’s vision for the area and $12.3 million to complete a USF School of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.11.15 — Picking winners and losers in Tallahassee

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The Tampa Bay Times’ lead today is a story that we touched upon briefly yesterday as the Legislature is now half-way through its special session in Tallahassee — that being the very real fears among movers and shakers in Tampa that state funding for a USF College of Medicine building ($17 million) and accompanying USF Heart Institute ($15.75 million) is in peril. There is a dispute about whether the projects should be bonded, since legislators say there’s not enough funding to pay for the projects…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.10.15 — Game changing developments?

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The big news locally this morning is Mike Salinero’s exclusive in the Tampa Tribune that Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill is prepared to recommend to the Board of County Commissioners and Mayor Bob Buckhorn tomorrow that a half-cent sales transit tax be put on the ballot in 2016, with 60 percent of those funds collected going to roads and bridges, and only 30 percent for mass transit. We’ll undoubtedly follow up, and we’ll all get the official details tomorrow. But I can…

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Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work PAC has raised more than $2.3 million this year

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s “Let’s Get to Work” political committee raised $687, 691 in April, including a $100,000 contribution from Tampa Bay Lightning owner and Channelside developer Jeff Vinik. That brings his totals in 2015 to over $2.3 million ($2,368,000). Other major contributions in April came from the AIF PAC, the political  action committee formed by the powerful Associated Industries of Florida organization. They contributed $150,000. AIF had mixed success during the recent legislative session that ended abruptly earlier this month. They were…

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