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Rick Scott signs death warrant for Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Among the bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday is HB 647, which eliminates of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission by December 31 of this year. The agency, originally created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in the 1970’s and the only one of its kind in the state, has been shrouded in controversy for years. It’s last executive director,  Kyle Cockream, remains under investigation for his handling of public records. The PTC had been criticized for years by local lawmakers,…

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At long last, Jamie Grant files bill to kill Hillsborough PTC

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Tampa GOP state Representative Jamie Grant has filed a bill (HB 647) that would eliminate the controversial Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. “With new information being made public every day, it becomes increasingly clear that this agency needs to be abolished,” Grant said in a statement. “Everything that has come to light has confirmed what we knew all along; that this agency no longer serves a useful purpose and the residents of Hillsborough County deserve better.” That ‘new information’ Grant is referring…

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Tim Schock says he is “appalled” that Pat Kemp received contributions from taxi industry

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In the last fundraising report before Election Day, Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidate Pat Kemp lists two $1,000 contributions from the taxicab industry: $1,000 from Yellow Cab Company of Tampa, and $1,000 from Gulf Coast Transportation. Her GOP opponent, Tim Schock, has a problem with that. “I’m appalled at what I just read,” Schock says in a video posted Saturday night, referring to looking over Kemp’s latest financial filing. “In doing so, she has shown her disdain for future  transportation…

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Hillsborough PTC head Kyle Cockream calls possible investigation into his conduct ‘a witch-hunt’

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Despite the aims of Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Chairman Victor Crist and county attorneys, Kyle Cockream is still the agency’s executive director, following a raucous board meeting Tuesday. The agency ultimately voted 3-2 to make a request for proposal to potentially hire a law firm at their next meeting next month to conduct an investigation into recent revelations about Cockream’s performance as the head of the agency. Crist called last week for an emergency meeting of the PTC to discuss Cockream’s…

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Victor Crist calls for emergency meeting regarding Hillsborough PTC executive director Kyle Cockream

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Rocked by recent revelations about Hillsborough County Public Transportation executive director Kyle Cockream, PTC board chairman Victor Crist is calling for an emergency meeting of the board next week to deal with the situation. “I am scheduling an emergency meeting of the Public Transportation Commission Board with our legal counsel and germane support for the purpose of discussing recent allegations attacking the integrity, character, and independence of our director, staff, and board,” Crist wrote to PTC board members on Thursday. Crist is calling…

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Fare wants the same rules as Uber, Lyft before joining Tampa rideshare market

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The Tampa based startup ridesharing company DriveSociety has been a leading entity in persuading the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission to pass new rules that require Level II background checks objected to by Uber and Lyft. PTC board members said Wednesday the new rules would allow more ridesharing companies to enter the market, and they were particularly buoyed by the presence of Michael Leto. He’s the CEO of Fare, a company that entered the Austin, Texas market this past spring once Uber left because…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.14.16 — Steve Crisafulli goes there

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Outgoing Florida Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli penned an opinion piece yesterday slamming Hillary Clinton‘s now-infamous “basket of deplorables” phrase to describe half of Donald Trump‘s supporters. “By calling so many of our nation’s citizens ‘deplorable’ haters and racists and the other half too stupid to make their own decisions about who should be our next president, Hillary once again revealed how the elitist Clintons really view Americans,” Crisafulli wrote. Similar Trump surrogates echoes similar statements last weekend, but not that many…

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