Public Finance

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    October 23, 2014

    Fox Theme Park, Miami Wilds, Wants $13.5 Million in County Money

    When news broke that County Mayor Carlos Giminez was mulling a plan to give millions in subsidies to the oddly shaped SkyRise observation tower, his administration also noted it wanted to shepherd money to 20th Century Fox's plan to build a theme park on land near Zoo Miami. But details were scarce. ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Could Miami's Condo Boom Actually Help City Battle Effects of Climate Change?

    Seemingly every discussion of Miami's recent development boom includes someone sneering, "Yeah, and all those condo lobbies will be underwater in 100 years." And every discussion of the potentially devastating effects of global warming on South Florida comes with someone quipping, "And yet they ke ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Library Advocates Say Gimenez Budget Would Slash Services For Miamians

    At Pinecrest Branch Library, there are homeschooling groups where children and parents get to sit on rugs and cushions while working together. There's a genealogy group, creative writing sessions, a podiatrist teaching a 'Happy Feet' class and free summer lunches for children. And that's only on a T ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Library Supporters Feel Betrayed By Mayor Gimenez's Budget

    After releasing the proposed budget for next year, it was clear Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is looking for a quick fix for the county's libraries. In a press conference Tuesday, Gimenez proposed to raise the library tax rate, but only enough to allocate $45 million to the financially troubled ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Library Supporters Rally to Fight $20 Million Cuts at Budget Meeting This Morning

    Let the library funding wars begin. At 9:30 this morning, the Miami-Dade County Finance Committee will meet for a first discussion on budgets for the upcoming fiscal year -- chief among them the county's beleaguered library system, which is facing a further $20 million cut without new taxes. Activ ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    A Thanksgiving Miracle: Fat Joe Released Early From Miami Jail

    We're going to pass on the opportunity to make a joke about someone named from Fat Joe being released early from jail right on time for Thanksgiving. Or at least we're really going to try. Yes, Joseph Cartagena, AKA Fat Joe, was released Wednesday, just in time for the holidays, from the Miami jai ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Rick Scott Still Doesn't Understand the Debt Ceiling

    Two weeks and $24 billion in lost revenue for the American economy later, the government shutdown ended last night with Republicans getting essentially zero of the hostage demands they'd made of President Obama. After the Senate crafted a bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government -- no th ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Marco Rubio's Shutdown Solution? American Horror Story Jokes

    Apparently when it comes to the government shutdown battle over the implications of Obamacare, all Senator Marco Rubio has to offer is lame pop culture jokes. In the same day that Rubio said he will not vote for a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit, he unleashed a new campaign site ca ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Government Shutdown Screws MIA Brewing, Schnebly, and Others

    The government shutdown has put some Miami start-up breweries on hold, at least those who have applied for federal permits. Indeed, brewers and even wine and spirits makers, are being affected in some way. See also: Government Shutdown: Nine Ways It Affects Restaurants and Consumers

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    October 1, 2013

    Federally Funded Radio and TV Marti to Continue Cuban Broadcasts During Shutdown

    Thanks to the government shutdown, national parks are closed, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be sent home without a paycheck, and all federal government activities considered non-essential will effectively halt. However, controversial and ineffective government-sponsored broadcasts ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Librarians Spared the Axe at Miami-Dade County Budget Hearing

    Call it Farenheit 305. Ever since he released a proposed budget plan that would have shuttered 22 libraries across Miami-Dade earlier this summer, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been trying to put out a fire of his own making. The backlash prompted him to find a way to keep those libraries open, bu ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Fat Joe Started His Four-Month Prison Sentence at the Miami Federal Detention Center Today

    For the next four months, rapper Fat Joe will be leaning back in the Federal Detention Center in Miami. He turned himself in today to start his sentence for tax evasion, but the seasonal stay will be quite a bit shorter than the two years he originally faced.

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    April 5, 2013

    Bill Nelson Now Back to Talking About Space Stuff: Wants NASA to Catch Asteroids

    Florida Senator Bill Nelson finally got around to supporting gay marriage last night by penning a brief, sort-of-uncomfortable editorial for The Tampa Bay Times. Don't expect him to talk much more about it, though, because today he's gone back to talking about one of his favorite subjects: space shi ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Suze Orman May Leave Florida Over Gay Marriage and Taxes

    Financial guru Suze Orman may be packing up her partner and her jacket collection and moving to a state that recognizes gay marriage if the Supreme Court overturns DOMA.Orman currently lives in Fort Lauderdale with partner Kathy Travis, but the tax breaks that could come with federally recognized ma ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Tax Refund Scams Plagued Miami-Dade In 2012

    With another tax season descending on us, you might want to secure your W-2 or 1099 a little tighter. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has uncovered more than a dozen rackets involved in stealing tax refund checks using stolen identities of social security applicants, eld ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    August 6, 2012

    Obama Supports Marco Rubio's "Stop Taxing Olympians" Stand

    Marco Rubio introduced the The Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which aims to end the taxing the winnings and medal value of Olympians, with a bit of old fashioned, conservative anti-tax zeal. "Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax impos ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Marco Rubio Wants To Stop Taxing Olympic Medal Winners

    Marco Rubio has been studying the American tax code, and at last he's discovered the scourge that's been dragging down the U.S. economy. No, it's not Obama's higher taxes on the top-one percent, and it's not Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.It's Uncle Sam's tax on Olympic medalists, who, yeah, appa ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    GOP Lawmaker Files Bill to Raise Florida's Sales Tax by 3 Percent

    ​It's not often you see Republican politicians filing bills to raise taxes, but that's exactly what Rep. Fred Costello of Ormond Beach has done. He has introduced a bill that would add a 3 percent surtax to Florida's sales tax. The bill also supports the idea of added taxes to Internet purchases a ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Marco Rubio and the Grand Old Party Are a "Hot, Sloppy Mess"

    A hot, sloppy mess. And Nicki Minaj.​The Riptide national politics desk has been working around the clock to bring you this shocking revelation: Some Democrats suspect the Republican Party is crazy."I think Mitch McConnell, frankly, has lost his mind," said Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Miss ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia Delinquent on His Taxes

    Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia.​While his constituents watch taxes rise and home values slide, Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia has not paid property taxes and owes back taxes on his business.Since Riptide posted a story last week that reported Garcia was in foreclosure, details of other fisca ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    Watch Protestors Dance the "Tax the Rich Shuffle" Outside Carnival Headquarters

    Photo by Tim Elfrink​To celebrate Tax Day, the folks at Right to the City and decided it was high time to combine the best traditions of 1985-era Chicago Bears dancing and progressive lefty political agitation. The result? Behold the "Tax the Rich Shuffle." William "The Fridge" Perry wa ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Doesn't Pay Taxes On Building He Owns

    Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina owes the county for property taxes.​While Miami-Dade County residents paid higher property taxes last year, Hialeah Mayor and Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate Julio Robaina did not pay property taxes on a shopping center he owns in his city. In fact, it appears Robai ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Proposed State Amendment Would Deny Funding For Abortions For Rape and Incest Victims

    ​Federal Republicans were forced to back down from a controversial bill dictating that federal money could only be spent on abortions for woman who were "forcibly raped," where as current language allows for some public spending on abortions for woman who are victims of rape or incest. They backed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Carlos Alvarez Responds to Our Plea to Support Norman Braman's Recall

    ​In this week's New Times, we lay out four reasons you should support billionaire Norman Braman's efforts to recall County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. We're obviously not alone in believing the measure has merit -- Braman announced last night that more than 90,000 folks in Dade County have already signe ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Norman Braman Launches Petition to Recall Mayor Alvarez

    ​When most citizens have a problem with the county government they maybe write their commissioner, show up at a meeting or leave an angry comment with The Miami Herald. Not Norman Braman. The billionaire is once again throwing his over-sized wealth and influence around and is launching a recall ef ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Alex Sink Supports Permanent Extension of Bush Tax Cuts, Putting Her At Odds With Obama

    via MSNBC​Yesterday we noted Alex Sink's tricky new TV ad that put distance between her campaign and President Obama. Today on MSNBC, she explicitly sided with Republicans against Obama on the issue of permanently extending all of the "Bush Tax Cuts." She claims they help small businesses, but the ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Old People Hate the Tanning Tax

    via BartBaKer's Youtube​Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes have come together to commission a wide ranging poll that includes questions on the ability of Sarah Palin to be President (most don't think she can) and whether or not people would still see a Mel Gibson movie (most would). Though perhaps ones of ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Marco Rubio Calls for More Tax Cuts, But Could That Hurt The Economy More?

    ​It seems so simple that Republicans have taken it as fact: tax cuts will lead to greater economic strength. Lower taxes mean people have more money to spend, businesses have more payroll to add jobs, and hence our economy should get a jolt, right? It's no surprise that Marco Rubio has now come ou ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Two-Thirds of Voters Have Negative Opinion of Mayor Alvarez, 46 Percent Support Recall

    Jonathan Postal Miami-Dade Mayor Alvarez and the County Commission have thrown sizable pay raises to staffers like they were life-vests on a sinking ship. They've simultaneously tossed funding to cultural efforts and other social programs overboard. That hasn't proven popular with voters ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Feds Indict Miami Man Who Tried To Steal $14 Trillion from the IRS

    They don't call Marlon T. Moore "X-Large" for nothing. Back in December 2007, Moore, a 38-year-old Miami resident, walked out of the federal pen in Coleman, Florida after serving a six year sentence on felony money laundering charges as part of a cocaine smuggling ring. Soon after his release, Moore ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Does Bill Nelson Want to Raise Taxes on Your Alcohol?

    I was reading I Can Has Cheezburger in my RSS Reader when I saw this ad below all the LOLcats. Apparently, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to raise the taxes on my wine by 233 percent! The ad leads to the Freedom Work's website, where it explains "a massive new tax hike" to pay for health care, which also in ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist's Lame Attempt To Distance Himself From Obama

    When Charlie Crist stood on stage with President Obama in February I wonder if Crist had any idea that he'd actually be running for Senate. As a popular incumbent running for re-election the political risk would be lessened. Well, the risk of standing with a popular, newly elected pre ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Tea Party Protests Make Less Sense than Pro Wrestling

    You know what never made sense to me? Back in the '90s, the WWF (now WWE) teamed up "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, a character who was a millionaire, with Irwin R. Schyster, AKA I.R.S., a tax man. Together they won three tag-team titles, but, dude, millionaires friggin' hate the IRS more than ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    News Roundup

    Charlie Crist remembered he's a Republican and is introducing tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts! [Herald]U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ordering the deportation of 30,000 Cubans. [NBC6]Daequan Cook is the best three-point shooter in the history of the entire world, and for that he was awarde ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Killing Yourself Slowly with Cigarettes Will Remain Relatively Cheap

    Late last year, there was a bit of buzz that the long-proposed cigarette tax hike might come to fruition. Florida has some of the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation, but the idea of raising the tax a dollar per pack was struck down today in the state's special legislative session. Rep. Jim Waldma ... More >>

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    September 3, 2008

    Florida Supreme Court Takes Three Amendments Off the Ballot

    With nine proposed amendments to the State constitution set for a vote this November, the ballot was looking a little crowded. The Florida Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, gave the ballot a little bit of breathing room by removing three. Two of the barred amendments would have allowed state ... More >>

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    February 8, 2008

    Weekly News Wrap - Super Tuesday, Money Laundering, Cuba Criticism and more

    Romney Calls It Quits – Mitt Romney, after spending millions of his own money on his campaign, has decided to drop out of the race for presidential candidacy leaving McCain with a clear nomination for his party. Romney stated that running his campaign against McCain would allow Clinton or Obama to ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Miami: Screwed Again

    The legislature helped taxpayers, but not in the Magic City

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    June 25, 2007
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    March 15, 2007

    Axing the Property Tax

    Potamkins homestead has a market value of $21 million.... Raul Masvidal owes $33,639 in taxes for his four-bedroom residence.

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    October 16, 2003

    Prosperity One Step at a Time

    A cleverly subversive scheme for creating something Miami desperately needs: a middle class

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    September 21, 2000

    Less for Moore, Part 2

    The wheels of economic justice in Miami-Dade County are back in motion

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    October 31, 1996

    The Stierheim Report

    An old pro is recruited to undertake a very disagreeable mission: Dig into the stinking mess at Miami City Hall. Here's what he found.

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    June 26, 1996

    Sweet Redemption

    Why invest in tobacco companies or overseas sweatshops when you can capitalize on your neighbor's misfortune right here at home?

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    March 28, 1996
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    December 28, 1995

    Land of Opportunity

    Dade's property tax assessment appeals system features sloppy record-keeping, a lack of oversight -- and a whole lot of money for those who know how to ask for it

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    May 4, 1994

    The Owe Zone

    Most people pay their taxes. Some people don't. Some people get their name in the newspaper.

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