St. Petersburg Times – Big money drowns out other voices:
Floridians are just learning how quickly first-time candidates with deep pockets, no political experience, no record on public issues and no resume of public service can game the system. By November, it should be even clearer why voters should reject the effort to kill public campaign financing in this state — and why the Supreme Court is headed in the wrong direction.
Miami Herald – Protect Florida, hold BP accountable:
Florida must be prepared to limit the damage from this approaching menace and ensure that the state receives adequate compensation for all losses.
Orlando Sentinel – BP’s obligation to Florida:
No one believes the $75 million that BP has offered Florida so far will come close to paying for the devastation caused by the oil company’s spill in the Gulf.
Tallahassee Democrat – Eye on the prize:
Envisioning a new “G St. District” as a place that distinguishes Tallahassee as a college town worth “discovering” is, however, what hundreds of folks have had in mind for years.
Tampa Tribune – Why business supports commuter rail:
Unimaginative sprawl has gradually separated more workers from more jobs until the roads are jammed. New toll highways and improvements to I-4 and I-75 provided some relief, but no one can seriously suggest the urban area can afford to keep widening roads, even if that’s what taxpayers wanted.
Polls show the public prefers a more balanced transportation system so that driving isn’t the only reasonable option. The right mix of buses, trains and roads will improve the city’s image, in the eyes of residents and potential investors.