Hillsborough Voters Approve Vinik’s Transit Tax

    By Jim Bleyer Developer Jeff Vinik’s six-month, multi-million dollar propaganda campaign aimed at hoodwinking Hillsborough County residents into voting themselves the highest sales tax rate in Florida passed by a large margin Tuesday. Voters by 57-43 approved the $16 billion, 30-year transit tax that will bring the county’s …

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Vinik Shuts Down Debate on Transit Tax, Buys Off Media

  By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay The billionaires are entitled. They buy off the media. They bankroll a deceptive advertising campaign for a massive tax hike that never mentions the word “tax”. They want to shut down any debate about their $16 Billion rail tax boondoggle in …

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Gekko and Vinik: Two of a Kind

                   By Jim Bleyer Sure,  the legendary Wall Street misanthrope Gordon Gekko is more chiseled and less rumpled than Tampa wheeler dealer Jeff Vinik, but there is no argument the duo share many characteristics. Both are charming, manipulative people whose goal of enhancing …

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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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