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Tampa Chamber to Bob Buckhorn: No tax hike

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has rarely been at odds with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce during his six-and-a-half years in office. But his proposal to raise property taxes in the city for the first time in 29 years is being rejected by the Chamber.

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Despite intense opposition, Hillsborough MPO votes to support ‘Tampa Bay Next’ project

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For the third year in a row, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to maintain what is now known as the Tampa Bay Next (TBN) project, despite dozens of citizens who told them that they should remove the plan from the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Project (TIP). Although the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) is gone in name, critics who spoke before the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting Tuesday night said its DNA remains throughout its named successor, Tampa Bay…

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Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition pushes for statewide bill to get passed this year

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Last year in the Florida Legislature, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to create statewide regulations regarding ridesharing, but the bill died ignominiously in the state Senate. Similar bills are winding their way through committees in both chambers already in 2017, and on Wednesday, the group Floridians for Ridesharing Coalition announced their support for that legislation, being sponsored in the House by Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls and Tampa Republican Jamie Grant and in the Senate by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes. “We fully support legislation that…

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Tampa Chamber of Commerce “disappointed” by rejection of Go Hillsborough initiative

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Although they didn’t show their full support for the measure until a week ago the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce says it’s “disappointed” by the fact that the Hillsborough County Commission narrowly voted to reject the proposed half-cent sales tax referendum on transportation on Wednesday night. “Kicking the can down the road is not what we expect of our elected officials nor what our community deserves,” writes Bob Rohrlack, the chamber’s President and CEO. “With 1200 member companies representing over a…

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Tampa Chamber is backing proposed half-cent sales tax for Hillsborough transportation

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A key business group is supporting the proposed half-cent sales tax to fund Hillsborough County transportation. “Based on our study of the issue, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports a half-cent sales tax for a duration of at least 20 years to fund transportation options within Hillsborough County, including the incorporated cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace,” the group said in a press release Thursday. Tampa Chamber President Bob Rohrlack added that internal polls and surveys conducted…

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Tampa Chamber apologizes to Rick Scott for Bob Rohrlack’s harsh missive

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Last Friday, Bob Rohrlack, the respected Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, sent off a blistering letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott regarding his handling of the removal of now former Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board member Sam Rashid. “Possibly unlike any appointment you will make, this next appointment is both an opportunity and your responsibility to make the right selection to advance the mission of Tampa International Airport,” wrote Rohrlack. “Your previous decision has given Tampa Bay a black eye…

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Tampa Chamber CEO to Rick Scott: “You owe us” after Sam Rashid fiasco

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Gov. Rick Scott got a figurative swift kick in the pants Monday when the head of Tampa’s leading business group told him to get a move on in filling a vacancy on the local aviation authority’s board. “Possibly unlike any appointment you will make, this next appointment is both an opportunity and your responsibility to make the right selection to advance the mission of Tampa International Airport,” wrote Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Rohrlack. “Your previous decision…

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