What Can Florida Do to Bring in Huge Amounts of Revenue?

What's New Recent Legislative Activity New VoicesFlorida is for seniors. Well, maybe not every square foot of it, but enough of it that the population density of seniors is quite significant. It is interesting that Allegheny County in the state of Pennsylvania is second only to Dade County, Florida for the amount of senior citizens. The point of concern is the struggle Allegheny County is under to pay its bills. That county in Pennsylvania used to be a huge industrial region with active steel mills, coal mines and heavy industry. The workers establishing homes nearby to where they worked built up a solid tax base.

Now the steel mills are gone and many of the mines are closing. The suburbs are filled with retirees with one major metropolitan center being the city of Pittsburgh. Allegheny County still has the need to support the infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, emergency services and myriad other necessary agencies under the revenue of a shrinking tax base. The seniors who paid personal income tax to the county are now on fixed incomes. The major industries that paid taxes now sit idle literally with weeds growing up in cracks in the sidewalks and parking lots of closed mills and mining facilities.

Pennsylvania is bringing in everything that has to do with natural gas drilling now. Read more »

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Peering into the Future of Florida

State Senate and Assembly committeesCharged with envisioning the state 25 to 50 years from now and planning for a sustainable future in Florida has been the goal of the Century Commission. Brought to life by the state legislature in 2005, the 15 member commission, selected by the governor, the state House of Representatives speaker and the president of the Florida Senate is provided support by the independent, nonprofit group The Collins Center for Public Policy. Outlining the serious issues the state faces in the coming decades with continued population growth, the commission has gained respect from the citizens of Florida as well as various groups and organizations.

Avoiding the politics of short election cycles this eclectic group is able to focus on the critical long-term issues and solutions that were often pushed aside in the past. While it cannot go around the legislature to have voters decide on issues, the commission gets its input from a wide variety of people with a vested interest in Florida’s future. Read more »

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