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On Rick Scott/Richard Corcoran feud; ‘incentives’ not needed to draw business to Florida

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In 2012, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan went on a personal crusade to convince Bass Pro Shops to build a store in Brandon. Hagan’s aim was to create jobs as the county struggled to recover from the Great Recession. He proposed an “incentive” package that was about $15 million of taxpayer money, arguing that it was the cost of doing business with a company like that. Many people disagreed. They screamed. They howled. They complained that giving a Death Star-like…

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Pat Kemp talks (about low-paying) jobs before a group of Tampa millennials

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A recent Census Bureau report reveals what many people in the Tampa Bay area know all too well – that the area doesn’t pay that well in terms of annual salary compared to other major regions in the nation. The median household income in Tampa Bay is $48,911. That’s dead last among the top 25 metro regions in the country, and the only region in the top 25 below an average salary of $50,000. “We have to look at our economy and…

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Sandy Murman takes a victory lap on approval of $600 million in transportation improvements

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Although Sandy Murman considers the $600 million in funding for transportation improvements over the next decade that her County Commission colleagues recently approved as a weaker version of her original proposal, she doesn’t mind taking credit for it. “I will tell you, and I’m being very honest. If it hadn’t been for me bringing my new plan forward, we would not have $600 million in transportation approved a couple of weeks ago,” she said Friday morning. Murman’s comment at the weekly “Cafe Con Tampa” event…

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