Tampa Bay Times
Heather Urquides is an editor with the Tampa Bay Times.
Tax vote claims are correct but balanced budget vote was symbolic
Bill Heller "raises taxes. Property taxes. Small business taxes. He even wants to tax the Internet. Mr. Heller said no to balancing the federal budget, that puts more debt on our kids."
Violations included other safety and training issues, not just the lifeguard
Company may close, "all because government essentially says if they don't hire a lifeguard to watch their workers, they can't stay open."
Sometimes they laid off an empty chair
"The downsizing of Pinellas County government resulted in about 1,200 people being laid off in a 12 percent unemployment market. … I can tell you that every one of them was hired from the time that Ms. Latvala went into office in 2000."
Oh yes, it's all coming back now.
"One of the other inaccuracies ... is that we have raised taxes multiple times and run up the budget. Absolutely not true. One tax increase since I’ve been in office. It was a quarter mill tax in the unincorporated area only."
Welcome to St. Petersburg. Now get out!
Tarpon Springs takes its homeless to St. Petersburg.
Judged, yes, but study is suspect
The Tampa Bay Rays' "prices have been judged the most affordable in all of professional sports."
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