My opponent in the Republican primary touts his leadership in founding Film Tampa Bay as one of his big successes. Over the past five years, Film Tampa Bay has paid out incentives to the film and advertising industries, which has produced about $2 million in local spending, reportedly.
But how much did this cost taxpayers? And how much was returned to taxpayers in taxes from $2.2 million in spending?
at an expense of more than $2 million in film commission salaries, travel expenses and incentives.
Incentives were intended to lure "Hollywood" blockbusters and tourists to Tampa. Instead, we've attracted commercials and a single film that filmed in Tampa for 3 days and failed to attract much box office or tourist attention. Did I mention the film was about money laundering in Hillsborough County? How ironic is that!
Return on investment to Taxpayers for Film Tampa Bay? With the costs to Hillsborough County exceeding the amount spent on local film crews and expenses, Film Tampa Bay probably lost even more than previous Florida state incentives, which lost 80 cents on every dollar before the program was terminated by the Florida legislature.
The lack of any payback to Taxpayers doesn't stop my opponent in the Republican primary from declaring Film Tampa Bay a big success on the campaign trail! You see, it was his idea.
Career Politicians say that grassroots doesn't work. They say that politics is a business. But for me, it's a calling.
Career county commissioners take thousands of dollars from big money donors with business before the county commission and vote the way that these donors tell them to vote.
For instance, just this year commissioners voted against the county's comprehensive plan, increasing housing density on rural land off of Lithia Pinecrest Rd.
Just four months before, all commissioners agreed with the experts that called for a pause to continued sprawl, but then Vin Marchetti, a land use lawyer and lobbyist, showed up.
You see, Vin Marchetti, his law firm, and his developer clients donated $1 out of every $7 to reelect county commissioners.
Only two first-time commissioners voted in favor of sticking with the county's comprehensive land use plan and against sprawl, Stacy White, a conservative Republican, and Pat Kemp, a Democrat. These two commissioners are still close to their constituents and still have a conscience. All of the career county commissioners have become swamp creatures and voted with the lobbyist, the source of the big money donations that get them reelected over and over again. This corrosive influence of big money donors and career politicians is why term limits are popular with voters.
By a single vote, the swamp creatures won! The county commission overturned the county's comprehensive plan, overruled the experts in urban land use, and added to traffic congestion on Lithia Pinecrest Rd.
My opponent in the Republican primary is a 16-year career county commissioner. He said his vote for more sprawl and traffic congestion “…wouldn’t hurt the area…” and “…will actually provide a good transition to the east…” of Fishhawk Ranch? Really! Steve Contorno, a Times Staff Writer, reported that my opponent in the Republican primary had received the most money for his war chest of any commissioner from Marchetti’s clients: $55,890.
Marchetti is quoted as saying there's "no correlation" there. What do you think?
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WalletHub ranked 116 cities nationwide, and Tampa came in No. 38 with St. Petersburg No. 39. These cities were the top 2 in Florida for the "work ethic" rating based on average work week hours, employment rate, unused vacation time and commute times.
Apple announced plans to build a second corporate campus somewhere in the U.S. and hire 20,000 workers over the next five years. Does this mean that Tampa should chase after Apple? Hillsborough County needs to focus on an economic plan that is not centered on luring the back office of a big tech company to Tampa. Let’s focus on starting and growing innovative businesses right here in Hillsborough County. Then, Apple will be welcome to join us.
A new study from Good Jobs First, a watchdog group that tracks economic development, estimates that 90 percent of state and local incentive dollars flow to large businesses. Big corporations don't need government handouts, but the opportunity cost of these incentives means that less money goes to fix traffic congestion, education, workforce training and reducing the burden of government rules and regulationson small businesses.
In the video, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn refers to "Tax-Happy" Hagan's grandstanding as "bush league." What does "bush league" mean? Watch the video.
Taxpayers should not be on the hook for Hagan's complex, taxpayer-backed financing schemes, which are being cooked up in secret, diverting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from urgent priorities, like traffic congestion and safety of our kids, to line the pockets of wealthy team owners and players.
That's "bush league" public policy. I'm fighting for the forgotten taxpayer!
Instead of the transparency required under Florida's government-in-the-sunshine laws, "Tax-Happy" Hagan's secretive ways keep racking up costs for taxpayers. When his own failures to keep and disclose records raise an appearance of criminal and ethical wrong doing, does Hagan apologize? No! He attacks the volunteer watchdogs keeping an eye on politicians and their shady, secretive deals.
Disturbing! Watch Noah Pransky's report ------->
INNOVATION ALERT: TPA audit raises questions (Issue #9)
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Parents! If your kids are like mine, then school vacation is a time to try out new video games. Take warning from a recent lawsuit against kids “cheating” on games and showing it on youtube. MORE...
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Innovation is essential to quality healthcare.
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FLORIDAPOLITICS.COM – The HART CEO seemed excited to unveil the agency’s autonomous vehicle shuttle on Tuesday that will begin making trips in Tampa come next January.
VENTUREBEAT.COM – Businesses, especially startups, have a hard time negotiating the byzantine world of local, state and federal government laws, statutes, rules, regulations, ordinances, licensing requirements, permits and fees. What should government do?
CHRISPARADIES.COM – Embracing innovation can lead to improved services at lower cost. Smart economic development supports families, seniors on fixed incomes and small businesses by improving our quality of life, increasing productivity, providing a trained workforce with the skills that innovative businesses need…
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