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Hillsborough Transit Tax Hangs on Deceptive Ballot Language

March 23, 2019 - 9:00am
Urban Tampa Bay
All for Transportation (AFT), promoters of the Hillsborough County $16 billion transit tax, carpet-bombed voters last year with glossy mailers claiming it had a transportation plan to cut traffic congestion over the 30-year life of the tax.
 
The ballot amendment passed with 57 percent of the vote.
 

Hillsborough Commissioners Poleax Constituency to Save Tax Boondoggle

March 1, 2019 - 9:30am
Les Miller, chair, Hillsborough County Commission

Six Hillsborough county commissioners are intentionally putting taxpayers at tremendous financial risk and signing away the rights of their own constituents and future commission boards. 

County Commission Chairman Les Miller, a supporter of the $16 billion All For Transportation (AFT) tax hike boondoggle, urged the board to approve bonding out $10 million of AFT tax proceeds while the tax is in litigation and under legal uncertainty. He also promoted authorization for the county to file a bond validation lawsuit and sue the county's own citizens.

Hillsborough Transit Tax Lawsuit Has Serious Statewide Ramifications

February 9, 2019 - 7:00am

Can a hand-picked cabal, unaccountable to voters, earmark one dollar, let alone $16 billion, of public funds for projects that were created to primarily benefit the wealthy and influential?

It’s a question that should be asked throughout Florida, not just in Hillsborough County where a sales tax boost was passed under the most disingenuous motivation and manipulation.

Earmarks in government are set aside for a specific purpose, but more often than not, are associated with pork-barrel projects, handouts and wasteful spending without due diligence.

Confusion Reigns with Hillsborough Transit Tax as Public Loses Faith

February 6, 2019 - 6:00am

The All for Transportation (AFT) 30-year, $16 billion transit tax referendum has created mass confusion, with the public questioning the viability of the program, the veracity of its advocates, and the motives of the corporate players and media entities that vociferously supported the plan.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White’s lawsuit challenging the legality of the tax hike has brought new illuminating facts into the public arena.

Propaganda Protects, Promotes Agenda of Tampa Bay Times Benefactors

January 31, 2019 - 9:00am

The Tampa Bay Times discarded its journalistic ethics in reporting on the proposed Hillsborough County sales tax hike for transportation that was spearheaded by the newspaper’s primary benefactor, former hedge fund manager and developer Jeffrey Vinik.

All for Transportation Hires Big-Gun Lawyers to Shut Down Lawsuit

December 31, 2018 - 6:00am
Attorney Barry Richard

All for Transportation (AFT) created the 5-page tax-hike charter amendment that led to Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White's lawsuit, case #18-CA-011749

Transit Greed, School Need Propagandize 21.4 Percent Tax Hike

November 1, 2018 - 6:00am

It is unfortunate but hardly unexpected. The school needs and the transit-greed tax-hike campaigns joined forces to push both tax hikes over the finish line on Nov. 6.

Vinik Shuts Down Debate on Transit Tax, Buys off Media

October 26, 2018 - 6:00am

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.

'All For Transportation' Tax Will Increase Congestion

October 10, 2018 - 6:00am

Despite the $2 million-and-growing advertising campaign for All For Transportation and the 1 cent, 14 percent sales tax increase proposed as a county charter amendment in Hillsborough County, the plan will increase congestion and not relieve it.

Bribery, Misrepresentation Mark Push to Sell Transit Tax to Hillsborough Voters

September 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Beth Alden, Hillsborough MPO executive director

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization is dysfunctional and in need of a big housecleaning: a new executive director and new staff.

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