Today on Context Florida: Clean Power Plan, Amendment 2, Tallahassee airport and term limits

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Today on Context Florida:

Samantha Stratton of the Florida Retail Federation sees one issue bubbling to the surface: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan. In its current form, she says the Clean Power Plan eventually will increase energy costs for homeowners and businesses. Consumers will ultimately pay those higher costs.

According to Barney Bishop, a Context Florida column by United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara challenging arguments opposing Amendment 2 have answers that were misleading or just plain wrong.

For those who live in Florida’s capital city, Andrew Skerritt notes that one routine complaint is the airport: Flights are too expensive; it is just hard getting anywhere from there. City officials are trying to change the narrative, if not the flight path of Tallahassee Regional Airport. They want to join the ranks of Melbourne International and Sarasota-Bradenton International.

The term limits initiative that Florida voters put into the Constitution in 1992 has become one of the costliest mistakes in Florida history, says Martin Dyckman.  Voters deserve an opportunity to fix it and there are ways. One would be to lengthen the limits; another is they could be replaced altogether with a provision entitling voters to recall legislators who forget whom they are supposed to represent. This would be particularly healthy in light of the pitifully low competition in regular elections.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.