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Kevin Becker defends his alternative plan for transit and infrastructure in Hillsborough County

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Although Kevin Beckner’s alternative plan to fund transit and transportation projects in Hillsborough County was met with derision by some of his colleagues upon his unveiling it at a budget workshop this week, he is unrepentant, believing that the current Go Hillsborough plan as currently constituted is unlikely to pass this fall. “Contrary to what some may say, this plan does not undermine the vision that the mayor or any other leader wants to accomplish for the city or our county,”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.23.16 – Still waiting for that Go Hillsborough Sheriffs report

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The Chairman of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, Kent Bailey, issued out a letter to Hillsborough County Commissioners on Monday, where he once again stated that the Board should begin implementing policies right now to deal with transportation issues, before awaiting the results of referendum later this year (that may never even get on the ballot). That includes calling on raising the county to raise the gas tax to five cents, creating a trust fund account from a percentage of…

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Steve Kornell to receive 2015 Sierra Club Black Bear Award for environmental protection

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Over the past six years, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Steve Kornell has proved to be a strong advocate for environmental protection. He’s championed land conservation projects, supported curbside recycling, and pushed for better sewage infrastructure. He also played a big role in brokering a deal that led to St. Pete purchasing 35 acres of land at the southern edge of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve — land that will now be preserved rather than developed. To show its gratitude, the Florida…

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Mike Newett to run for Hillsborough County DEC Chair — Mark Hanisee ineligible?

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Mike Newett, the chairman of the East Hillsborough County Democratic Club, announced on Monday that he is running to lead the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee when the party meets next month to choose their successor to Elizabeth Belcher, who announced her resignation last month. Newett becomes the second candidate to announce his candidacy. Mark Hanisee, the former Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman who has served as finance chairman of the Hillsborough Democrats in 2015, had previously announced his…

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U.S. Sugar calls recent EPA cane burning complaint “baseless”

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An environmental activist group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking a challenge to an air emissions permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the U.S. Sugar Corp. Attorneys for Earthjustice filed the complaint Thursday, which seeks to include cane burning as part of DEP’s purview when issuing air emissions permits. In August, a similar petition by the Sierra Club was dismissed by DEP, which noted that the prescribed burns used for cane burning…

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Bloomberg group to air ads targeted Pam Bondi for challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is financing his super PAC about $10 million in television ads targeting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and three other attorneys general for their opposition to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. “Despite the overwhelming evidence of the clean power plants progress and the lives we’ve saved, the 4 attorney generals in Florida, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin are now directly interfering with the public interests in their state,” said Howard Wolfson, a senior…

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Sierra Club says Sandy Murman’s new transportation plan is “a great step forward”

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Later on Thursday, the Hillsborough County Policy Leadership Group is scheduled to meet to discuss the possibilities of how to pay for a transportation plan, with one of the options being raising no additional funds. On Wednesday afternoon, Hillsborough County Commission Chairwoman Sandy Murman floated a plan that would utilize a variety of sources to pay for transportation improvements, all without using any sales taxes. Her plans includes using mobility fees, raising the gas tax, dipping into general reserves and…

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