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St. Pete closes books in the black for 2nd straight year

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St. Pete ended its fiscal year with a $1.428 million surplus. It’s the second year in a row the city has closed its books in the black. “One of the ways we are keeping the promise of our vision to the citizens of St. Petersburg is through stewardship and fiscal responsibility,” Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said. “Though the city budget will always reflect the vision and values of the [Rick] Kriseman Administration, it is also important to budget in fiscally…

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‘It’s working!’: Executive agency veto statement round-up

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In the wake of this morning’s budgetary blood bath that left $431 million in state spending on the Rotunda floor, state senators have had a thing or two to say about Gov. Rick Scott‘s line-item veto spree. So have the governor’s many boosters within state governmental agencies, who worked up prepared statements and sent them out into the world today. Below is a selection of statements from the inside looking out. Department of Education — Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “We are fortunate…

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Rick Scott’s veto list puts friends and foes in sharp relief

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Gov. Rick Scott denied giving consideration to his friends — or retaliating against his enemies — as he threw out more than $460 million spent by lawmakers in this year’s budget. “Absolutely not,” Scott told reporters Tuesday morning after the Tuesday Cabinet meeting concluded. But a close look at what was axed and what was not tells a different story. As lawmakers, state agencies and lobbyists wade through the governor’s hundreds of individual line-item vetoes, they would do well to…

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State law enforcement radio money spared Gov. Scott’s veto ax

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Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $461 million in state spending this morning, or about six percent of all appropriations in the 2015-2016 budget. It was his second largest spilling of red ink over line items since acting on his first General Appropriations Act in office — when he nixed some $615 million in 2011’s $70 billion budget. Not on the chopping block: $7 million to replace state law enforcement radios that have “reached their end-of-life or end of support date,” to…

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State won’t fund PSTA’s $1 million BRT study

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A $1 million ask by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will not be funded in the state’s 2015 budget. The Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night, but it did not include proposed funding for a Bus Rapid Transit study for a Central Avenue route connecting downtown St. Pete and the beaches. “PSTA representatives heard very positive feedback and 100 percent support from our Pinellas delegation, and our agency will keep working to find funding for BRT in…

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Rick Kriseman is pleased with state budget

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The Florida Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night after a highly contentious legislative session and special session. The budget includes several wins for St. Pete. The biggest win for St. Pete is a $12.3 million appropriation for the USF St. Pete School of Business. “I join our friends at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in celebrating the $12.3 million for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business,” St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote in…

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USF St. Pete rakes in huge budget win with $12.3 million appropriation for business school

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An $80 billion budget deal spells victory for downtown St. Pete. Under the budget compromise the University of South Florida St. Pete will receive $12.3 million for its Kate Tiedemann College of Business. “I am particularly pleased that several of the City of St. Petersburg’s priorities are being funded. I join our friends at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in celebrating the $12.3 million for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business,” wrote St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman…

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