OPPAGA Counsel, Like Sgt. Schultz, Knows Nothing

By Jim Bleyer As far as we can determine, Hogan’s Heroes character Sgt. Schultz did not hold a law degree nor was he entrusted with protecting the public purse. But Janet Tashner, the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability’s General Counsel, apparently needs those qualifications for the …

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Transit Petition Doesn’t Add up As Education Suffers

  By Scott Myers, Contributor On May 15, 2018 Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County School District Superintendent, announced that he would be exploring a tax referendum to increase revenues for the Hillsborough County School District. On June 15, 2018 the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer certified a petition and established …

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Foul Ball!!! Stench of Sternberg Deal Common MLB Ploy

  By Scott Myers, Contributor Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg behaves as one would expect of a Major League Baseball owner: pitching threats, illusion, and deceit to extort cities. Declaring the price of a new stadium will increase with each passing year, Sternberg preposterously presented the possibility of a …

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Sternberg’s Best Bet: Las Vegas

  By Jim Bleyer After decades of being shaken down by sports franchises, their billionaire owners, and professional sports leagues, sensible cities are refusing to pay subsidies to keep or lure a professional sports team. There is one exception: Las Vegas.  It appears to be the most likely destination for …

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Closing the Millennial Gap

Part 2 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay lags behind the rest of the country in attracting Millennials.  Business leaders claim to want them here but they fail to recognize what is important to that generation beyond jobs. The Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area’s population breakdown reveals the problem. …

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