In early March, Florida lawmakers convened in Tallahassee to kick off the 2019 legislative session. The official start followed months of preparation, with lawmakers periodically holding interim legislative committee meetings to discuss and debate various policy and funding matters on tap for session. Legislative session is only 60 days in length, and the only action…
If you like the idea of municipal broadband, you’re not getting it. But all of the talk of “we might change our mind in the future” has the potential effect of degrading the quality of existing non-municipal broadband services. As an alternative, the City could formally disclaim any interest in municipal broadband and examine, in consultation with private broadband providers, if there are current city policies that are barriers to broadband upgrades. “Stir, or get away from the pot” indeed.
The School of Arts and Sciences took third graders to Trader Joe’s this year, and many students and parents were surprised at how engaging and interesting this simple, inexpensive field trip was. It allowed exploration of nutrition, business management, advertisement and budgeting. Creative field trips like these are affordable and expand kids’ practical understanding of work and their cities.
Proof provides a great product and it has been a good member of the Tallahassee community, but that doesn’t mean it deserves special treatment. Tallahassee should resist the urge to give Proof, or any other business, taxpayer money.
Public-private partnerships may be the solution to road construction and maintenance amidst budget shortages and population growth. The success of Orchard Pond Parkway can serve as a model for increased public-private partnerships within Florida and the rest of the nation.
Local policymakers can’t wave a magic wand and say, “assume the best case scenario.” They will need to seriously consider the full range of on-the-ground experiences with local government consolidation.