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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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Hillsborough County Commission to vote on putting half-cent tax for 15 years on ballot on June 9

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Less than a month after the issue of a transportation tax seemed off the board for 2016, the Hillsborough County Commission will take a second vote on whether to put a sales tax referendum on the ballot next month. The new vote will take place after a public hearing on June 9. On April 27, a four-hour public hearing that would place the Go Hillsborough half-cent tax referendum on the ballot went down to defeat when Commissioner Victor Crist cast the…

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Activist group “outraged” to hear of Tampa business establishment rallying around TBX

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(UPDATED) When it comes to public relations, it’s been an unfair fight to date between neighborhood activists and the Florida Dept. of Transportation regarding the Tampa Bay Express project. While FDOT send out representatives to local meetings to talk up the project, citizens have flooded public meetings over the past year to express their strong opposition to it. TBX, as it’s better known as, is the $3.3 billion proposal by FODT that would add tolled express lanes to Interstate 275 from…

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Tampa City Council members challenge FDOT officials on TBX

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Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation have received plenty of criticism from upset Tampa residents about the proposed multibillion-dollar Tampa Bay Express project slated to begin construction in the next couple of years. But for the first times in the past year since the plan to build toll lanes along Interstates 275, 4 and 75 was unveiled, those officials received an earful of criticism from public officials on Thursday. Zenia Gallo, Project Manager and Sr. Right of Way Agent…

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Ed Narain proud of his accomplishments in the House, ready to advance in the Senate

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Like may people in the Tampa Heights community that he represents, House District 61 Democrat Ed Narain was holding his breath when news broke on Tuesday that Governor Rick Scott had vetoed $256 million in projects from the just concluded legislative session. The good news is that Narain’s request for $1.2 million to move what has become a beloved community center to another part of the area will go through. The facility,  the former Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue, appeared to be slated for demolition…

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