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Ken Hagan doesn’t understand why Tallahassee Republicans seemingly ‘loathe’ local government’

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Republicans in Tallahassee have left Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan scratching his head. Plenty of city and county government officials have recently disparaged members of the Florida Legislature for passing a measure to expand the homestead exemption, which could ultimately deprive them of millions of dollars of revenues in the coming years. As for Hagan, a lifelong Hillsborough County Republican, he doesn’t have that big of an issue with his fellow GOP state lawmakers over that matter. But Hagan certainly does have a problem with…

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Hillsborough film company looking for tax incentives on new production

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Hillsborough County commissioners are poised this week to consider $25,000 in incentives for a local film company to shoot a film in the Tampa Bay area. Noah Pransky of WTSP reports the subsidies will be the latest attempt by lawmakers to support the county’s struggling film industry. But in contrast to “The Infiltrator,” a big-name motion picture filmed in 2015 with the help incentives, the latest potential recipient is working with both a smaller cast and budget If approved, the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.5.16 – Requiem for a would-be contender

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John Kasich dropped out of the Republican race for president yesterday, conceding that he won’t be the “White Knight” fantasized by #NeverTrump acolytes over the past few months. The Ohio Governor’s departure came less than 24 hours after Ted Cruz “suspended” his campaign, so now we have a full half-a-year to contemplate a Trump–Clinton showdown in November. Although at times it seemed a bit embarrassing, Kasich’s decision to remain in the race despite the fact that he only captured one…

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Economic analysis says “The Infiltrator” brought in nearly $1 million to Hillsborough

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While the Florida Legislature once again opted not pass a bill that would replenish the state’s depleted film tax incentive package earlier this year, an investment made by the Hillsborough County Commission to help lure Bryan Cranston’s newest film has apparently provide a solid return of investment to the region. The Infiltrator is the adaptation of Tampa resident Robert Mazur’s 2009 autobiography of the same name, which details his mission to try to bring down famed Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. British…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.30.15 — Ybor and Florida lose out to Georgia in Hollywood production

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2015 was supposed to be the year that the Florida Legislature authorized funding to replenish its depleted film tax incentives package, allowing the Sunshine State to compete with Louisiana, Georgia and other Southeastern states in getting its fair share of movie and television production work. It didn’t happen. Despite the reshaping of the incentives and the advocacy of Tampa Bay area state lawmakers like Jack Latvala and Nancy Detert, once again the entertainment community struck out in Tallahassee. One of…

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Ken Hagan looking at possible run for Tampa mayor in 2019

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Longtime Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan says he’s considering a run for mayor of Tampa in 2019. “I’m encouraged everyday to consider running for either mayor of Tampa or a constitutional seat,” Hagan said on Tuesday. Having just been re-elected to his District 5 countywide Commission seat last year, he admits he’s not in any hurry to consider running for any new office, but confesses that “it’s definitely something I’m going to take a look at.” The 47-year-old Tampa native…

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Backers say film incentive bill still alive in Tallahassee

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House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s abrupt decision to gavel the 60-day legislative session to a close three days before its scheduled end because of a budget impasse with the Senate affects loads of important legislation. For the members of Florida’s economy that work in the TV/movie and digital entertainment industry, it could be a devastating blow. That’s because a bill sponsored by Venice Republicans Nancy Detert in the Senate and Mike Miller of Winter Park in the House that would begin to…

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