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Matt Schellenberg: DeSantis Should Use Federal Money on Florida’s Problems, Not a Gas Tax...

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposal to eliminate the gas tax from July 2022 to the end of the year is purely a political ploy and totally unnecessary. The proposal reveals the problem with politicians in Florida...

Florida and Jacksonville Need to Get Serious About Minority Representation During Redistricting

Another ten years has past and, once again, Florida is looking at our leaders engaging in the embarrassing exercise of redistricting at the state and county levels. What are the political parties afraid of? Making...

Leaders Across the Nation Need to Reject California’s Energy, Water and Environmental Policies

Blackouts, brownouts, water shortages and uncontrollable forest fires sound like problems that impact third world countries--but they’re not. California is facing all of these problems and the state’s policies are destroying a once beautiful state....

The Infrastructure Bill Shows All That’s Wrong With Congress

Who writes a bill of more than 2,700 pages? You might think about Putin at the Politburo or maybe Xi and other communist leaders in China but you would be wrong. The 2,700 page proposal came...

Some Florida Republicans Back More Local Infrastructure Spending and Raising Taxes

Over the past decade, some counties and cities across Florida have raised, even doubled, the local gas tax to meet “infrastructure needs.” Lately, most of the gas tax increased have been in Republican-run counties and...

Jacksonville Needs to Invest in People, Quality of Life, Not Throwing More Taxpayer Dollars...

The world is changing faster than government ever recognizes. Duval County has a chance to be a leader in the new economy, by recognizing that people are the key to a better future. It’s time the city government recognizes this. 
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Jacksonville Should Reject Proposal to Double the Gas Tax

More than twenty years ago, the Better Jacksonville Plan (BJP) promised many improvements to our infrastructure. But five years ago, the current administration stated that more than $250 million worth of BJP projects had not been completed. 

Public Officials Double-Dipping is Out of Control in Jacksonville

Every City Council member who works for a non-profit voted for Lot J. Five City Council members are double-dipping on taxpayers' money. Not only do they get a salary for being a City Council member and a pension, but they also receive a salary and pensions from their non-profit entities. These non-profits receive taxpayer money every year for a portion of their funding.
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Matt Schellenberg: Duval County Needs to Reform Redistricting Process

In Duval County, a committee was formed to examine the changes, including where people have moved and currently live throughout the county. Unfortunately, for more than 40 years, Duval County has been restricted by federal court order in how it can proceed.
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Matt Schellenberg: Whoever Negotiated Lot J Deal in Jacksonville Should Be Fired

Our politically weakened mayor has produced a one-sided, lopsided, terrible deal for the City Council to approve.
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Matt Schellenberg: Duval County Should Reject Proposed Tax Increase for Schools

Many Duval County residents fail to realize that $108 million of their property taxes is currently designated for the sole purpose of the repair and maintenance of schools. Where has this money gone over the last five to ten years?

Could Jacksonville Raise Property Taxes to Increase Revenue for Schools?

Duval County residents will be voting on a half-cent sales tax increase in November as the school district insists it will need $2 billion over the next 10 to 15 years for maintenance, repairs and new schools.