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Localities Want More Say in Transportation Spending
Mayors and county officials have two tough missions as they lobby Congress on transportation. First, they want federal lawmakers to find an elusive source of new money so that federal highway and transit funding does not dry up. Second, they want Congress to revisit changes it made two years ago in how that money is divvied up. Local leaders say the changes, instituted under the law called MAP-21, disproportionately hit cities and counties. Under the law, Congress not only cut money available for local roads, it also gave local leaders less say in deciding how federal money should be spent by putting states in charge of more of those decisions. Governing.com
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Some Cities Are Spurring the End of Sprawl
A new report claims there's an historic shift in suburbs from being car-dependent to walkable places, blurring the lines between "urban" and "suburban." Washington, D.C., New York and Boston are “witnessing the end of sprawl” -- and several other cities may soon join them, according to advocates who studied job centers in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Governing.com
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WRRDA Bill Means New Jobs for Floridians
Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Ted Deutch and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson yesterday held a press conference at Port Everglades to talk about the widely-supported expansion of Port Everglades, and how the recently passed bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) effects the project. Dredgingtoday.com
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An investment to save Florida citrus
The 2014 Farm Bill may be marred by subsidies and handouts, but it does offer an example of appropriate federal spending. The legislation includes $125 million over the next five years for research on citrus greening, which threatens Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is also allocating another $6.5 million to anti-greening efforts. Tampa Tribune
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Florida, New York latest states pulled into medical marijuana debate
Since California passed the nation’s first medical marijuana bill in 1996, many states have been following suit, but some -- most recently Florida and New York -- still grapple with what medical marijuana legislation should look like. Los Angeles Times
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Deal with pharmaceutical firm could bring 250 high-wage jobs to Lake Mary
As many as 250 high-paying jobs may be coming to Lake Mary as Seminole County and city leaders consider a deal that would grant a New York-based pharmaceutical company up to $500,000 in incentives to move its headquarters to the area. Orlando Sentinel
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The woman who brought down Cantor
The House majority leader’s June 10 primary defeat has been attributed to many things: Republican extremism, Eric Cantor’s close ties to Wall Street, Cantor’s lousy constituent service, and even the fact that he’s Jewish. But Republicans were extremists in 2012, too, when Cantor beat his primary opponent by 58 points. In 2012 Cantor was just as cozy with Wall Street, no less indifferent to his constituents, and, of course, Jewish. MSNBC
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Brazil energy giant buys $1.2B of pain in Texas
The oil business was booming in 2006, the year Petroleo Brasileiro SA bought a 50 percent interest in Pasadena Refining System Inc., the second-smallest facility on the Houston Ship Channel, from Transcor Astra Group SA for $415.8 million. Fuel Fix
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Wendy Davis unveils Texas economic development plan
FORT WORTH — State Sen. Wendy Davis on Tuesday rolled out a slate of reforms — ranging from improving education to making better decisions on transportation and water — geared to build and boost the state’s economy. Davis told about two dozen local businessmen and women at the downtown Omni Hotel that there’s more for state leaders to do: Ensure that workers are paid equally for the work they do, crack down on payday lending, raise the minimum wage and make sure Texas continues to lead in the oil and gas industry. Star-Telegram
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Texas political scene to star in new HBO series
Maybe Texas politicians have had it wrong all these years. So many end their speeches with the same sign off: “God bless Texas.” Perhaps they should have been saying God Save Texas. That is, after all, the name of the drama series HBO officials have green-lighted about Texas’ diverse and frequently peculiar political scene. Star-Telegram
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