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Today on Context Florida: Government dysfunction, Florida’s infrastructure and crude oil

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Today on Context Florida:

A less-than-Special Session cost citizens nearly 700 grand, Rick Scott’s legal bills are now north of $1.5 million, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued more bear hunting permits than there are bears, and there is a big storm aiming for the Gulf of Mexico. Diane Roberts says that in Florida, government dysfunction is the house style.

Florida depends on safe, efficient transportation to accommodate a growing population and about 100 million tourists who flock here annually, says Mark Ferrulo. The National Association of Civil Engineers rates America’s infrastructure a “D.” More than 250 of Florida’s bridges are considered “structurally deficient.” Politicians in Washington simply cannot keep kicking this can down the road, Ferrulo writes.

According to Tom Garcia, allowing countries such as Iran, Russia, Iraq, Venezuela and other oil-producing countries with unfriendly leaders to retain control of the crude oil market is a step in the wrong direction and potentially puts us at risk. Why should American companies be held back economically while a known enemy — Iran — is allowed to benefit? The United States has allies that want to buy our crude oil, yet must buy from unfriendly countries. Providing allies with our product is another national security factor.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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