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Rick Scott rolling up sleeves for Tallahassee cleanup — literally

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Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he personally would help clear debris in Tallahassee. On Wednesday, “I, along with agency heads, along with volunteers from the National Guard, along with veterans’ groups, we’re going to be out in Tallahassee in different places, and we’re going to be picking up debris,” Scott said in a news conference. “It’s clearly something we can do. And, hopefully, that will accelerate when people get their power back,” he said. “We need to clean up our…

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Jack Latvala talks transportation, infrastructure during AIF symposium

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When it comes to the funding transportation and infrastructure, Sen. Jack Latvala has good news and bad news. The good: State funding for transportation and infrastructure has bounced back after years of budget cuts. Recent budgets have been record setting, not just when it comes to roads, but all other aspects of transportation. The bad news? Florida still has a backlog of projects, and the Clearwater Republican told business, political and transportation leaders Thursday he’s concerned the backlog will get…

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Joe Henderson: Rick Scott, Libertarians love TBX; everyone else can suck exhaust

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An essential part of the Libertarian ideal is a belief that for public services, consumers should pay as they go. The preference is user fees instead of taxes. As we well know, Gov. Rick Scott has strong Libertarian leanings. Keep that in mind while considering the 12-4 vote by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization to proceed with the next phase of the controversial $3.3 billion Tampa Bay Express transportation proposal, better known as TBX. Protesters outnumbered supporters by about 2-to-1…

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Kimberly Overman challenges Les Miller in Hillsborough County District 3 race

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With a little more than two months before the Aug. 30 primary, Seminole Heights small businesswoman and volunteer/activist Kimberly Overman admits that it’s a bit of a “mad dash.” It’s obvious that the Hillsborough County Commission is in desperate need for leadership, Overman added, and thus her entry into the District 3 race against Democratic incumbent Les Miller. “I have no lack of respect for Les Miller,” she said in a phone interview last Thursday. “I’m glad he’s served us as he has. I…

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Forward Pinellas votes to support Tampa Bay Express

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Members of a countywide group that oversees Pinellas transportation and planning issues voted to send a resolution to their counterparts in Hillsborough supporting the controversial Tampa Bay Express. But the support had some caveats and it was not unanimous. Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers was the lone vote against the resolution. “It seems like we’re rushing to make some kind of statement,” Eggers said. “I’m just uncomfortable with moving forward this quickly.” The Tampa Bay Express (TBX) is the name…

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Joe Henderson: Rick Scott may have been right rejecting high-speed rail

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One of Rick Scott’s first acts as Florida’s governor was to reject Washington’s “gift” of $2.4 billion for a high-speed train running between Tampa and Orlando. Scott was panned by many for turning down the feds, but he stood firm because he said the plan could end up costing taxpayers here at least $1 billion more. “As you know, my background is in business, not politics.  But you don’t have to be an economics expert to understand that if you…

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Open roads: Florida preparing for self-driving vehicles

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The future is here. Gone are the days when self-driving cars were just a thing of science fiction. The technology is being tested across the country; and autonomous vehicles could be hitting Florida’s roads soon, thanks in part to a transportation bill signed into law last week. Tucked into the omnibus transportation passed by the Florida Legislature in March was language that paves the way for autonomous vehicles to begin operating on Florida’s roads. Among other things, the annual Department of Transportation…

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