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Mitch Perry Report for 11.5.15 – A Hillsborough transportation plan without a sales tax?

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I received a text message last night informing me that the Tampa Bay Sierra Club had embraced Hillsborough County Commission Chair Sandy Murman‘s late-hour plan to fund transportation projects – which sounds like a larger sized version of what the Club called for back this past summer. You remember, the Club called for the county to began raising mobility fees and the gas tax, saying it would be a good start to raising funds for the county’s myriad transportation needs. I’ve…

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VA mistakes 6th Tampa area vet as dead; David Jolly demands answers

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Pinellas County GOP Representative David Jolly has written a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, informing him that the VA’s recent declaration that former Navy veteran and current Pinellas County resident Michael Rieker is deceased is inaccurate, and that Rieker is “very much alive.” Mistakes can certainly happen, but Jolly notes in his letter that this is the sixth case  he knows about directly of the VA inaccurately labeling a veteran dead and stopping  his benefits. “One case is unacceptable, but…

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Another healthcare letter from Rick Scott, this one to Shands Jax

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Gov. Rick Scott rounded off his letter-writing week with a letter to officials at UF Health Jacksonville asking 15 questions that could provide insight as to why the hospital has become “extraordinarily reliant on federal (Medicaid) funds and what can be done to improve the financial viability” of the facility. Scott sent the letter to Chief Executive Officer UF Health Jacksonville Russell Armistead, asking:  How do UF Health Jacksonville’s recent expenses related to patient care compare to the previous 10…

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Rick Scott is in a letter-writing mood

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Gov. Rick Scott has been on a tear lately, shooting off a series of letters to the feds. In the last two days, the governor sent letters to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding Florida’s strained relations with the federal government. Scott sent the VA’s McDonald a letter on Wednesday thanking him for two things: providing Florida access to a survey report and accreditation of Veteran’s Nursing Homes. Scott expressed gratitude to McDonald for a follow-up to a…

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