Sales Tax Referendum Gathering Steam
The county commission will vote Tuesday whether to ask the voters to raise the county sales tax from 6% to 7%. After aborted attempts in 2012 and 2014, when a majority of the board thought the proposal was “half baked” and the need not urgent enough to convince the voters to cough up several billion over ten years, this time no one will say that the proposal hasn’t been finely tuned.
Three Takeaways from the Sunshine Summit
The Sunshine Summit, last weekend's gathering of the Republican grassroots in Orlando, brought together 14 of the 15 candidates currently competing for presidential primary votes, along with most of the Senate candidates. Unlike the events of the last two cycles in 2007 and 2011, which featured both televised debates and straw polls, this was mostly a candidate showcase - each was given 20 minutes to make their case. The extreme number of candidates this time, and the fact that Florida does not vote until March 15 - after 26 states will have already assigned their delegates, probably reduced attendance ...
Amnesty Resolution Embarassing for County Mayor Vana
Palm Beach County is a Democrat stronghold. We all know that. With 43% of the registered voters (versus 28% for the Republicans), Democrats hold all of the county-wide offices except Property Appraiser, all of the Congressional seats, and about 70% of the county legislative delegation. In spite of those demographics, the County Commission does not usually behave in an overtly partisan way.
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