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Today on Context Florida: AIF & Amendment 1, the Pope & politics and bureaucracies

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Today on Context Florida:

In Tallahassee, there was no shortage of opinions spend the money voters approved for Amendment 1. Throughout the debate, Brewster Bevis of the Associated Industries of Florida says some have tried to hold our lawmakers to an arbitrary standard, arguing for tens of millions of dollars for land-buying that the state doesn’t need and taxpayers simply cannot afford. Thankfully, cooler heads in our state’s representative branch of government have prevailed.

There’s a reason your mama told you not to bring up politics or religion in company, says Diane Roberts. Things are bound to get ugly. If you’re a religious conservative politico running for president, you might want to steer clear of science, too, especially now that Pope Francis has delivered himself of an encyclical urging action on climate change. You will sound stupid.

Martin County residents tangled with the Florida Department of Transportation bureaucracy last week over FDOT plans for an ugly, six-lane highway with concrete noise walls as the entrance to the county from Interstate 95. Sally Swartz says the FDOT – with the help of its copycat bureaucracy, the local Metropolitan Planning Organization — won. As usual.

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