New study says low wage jobs cost Floridians over $11 Billion a year

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160204_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3   BY Rob Lorei Today we are joined by FSU economic professor Patrick Mason, author of a new Study on the high cost of low wage jobs in Florida. The report found that near the nearly 39 percent of Florida’s workforce, about 3 million people, are working in low-wage jobs that cost taxpayers over $11 Billion… Read more »

Florida This Week; Perspectives on latest Democratic debate

By Rob Lorei Today on radioactivity we listen to the latest  Florida this week, a news and public affairs show moderated by Rob Lorei that airs every Friday night at 8:30 on local PBS station WEDU. This week’s panel offers political insights on the biggest political issues in Florida: Gov. Rick Scott call for a… Read more »

Les Miller

Hillsborough approves $29 million for Bucs stadium upgrade

The Hillsborough County Commission overwhelmingly approved nearly $29 million for upgrades to the county-owned football stadium that’s home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The county’s chief financial administrator, Bonnie Wise, says the public funds come from the tourist tax, not general revenue. Wise says part of the deal would increase the amount of profit sharing… Read more »

La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga tackles big issues in local news and politics

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity we talk about the latest political issues facing the Tampa Bay Area with Patrick Mantaiga, editor and publisher of La Gaceta, the only trilingual newspaper in the country that has been covering local news from Ybor city for 93 years. With Mantaiga we discuss Hillsborough County’s transportation dilemma, mobility… Read more »

Public employee union leader blasts corporate tax-dodgers

By Rob Lorei This Saturday the fifth annual St.Petersburg Science festival will be held from 10 am to 4 pm on the Bayboro waterfront at the USF St.Petersburg campus. One of the festival’s organizers,E. Howard Rutherford from USF St.Pete’s College of Marine Science, joins us  to talk about the festival that aims to engage children… Read more »

Tax Havens

Fortune 500 companies save $2 billion through offshore havens: report

In 2014 nearly three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies used offshore havens to hide profits and pay less U.S. taxes; that’s part of the findings of a report released Tuesday by public interest groups. During a press conference in St. Petersburg Michelle Allen with Florida PIRG said thirty of those companies accounted for 62 percent of profits… Read more »

Tampa Council delays decision on stormwater fee hikes

Despite more than 30 residents speaking out during a public hearing that lasted into the afternoon, Tampa City Council made no decisions Thursday on proposed increases in stormwater fees. Like the majority of the citizens who spoke, resident Larry Patterson opposes the rate increases – at least the way they are proposed. There are two… Read more »

Rep. David Jolly calls Trump a liar, takes hard line on Obamacare and Iran deal

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei interviews  13th District Congressman David Jolly, who makes his case for his run for the senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he runs for president. Jolly outlines his positions on the the Affordable Care Act, current foreign policies regarding Iran and ISIS, and Social Security. He also calls Donald… Read more »

La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantaiga tackles five issues affecting Hillsborough and Tampa

Today on Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei talks with Patrick Mantaiga, publisher of trilingual newspaper La Gaceta. In a column published last week, Mantaiga addressed five contentious issues affecting Hillsborough County and Tampa: the formula for increased stormwater tax which he says unfairly affects the poor and nonprofits, the  spending of more than half of the Hillsborough… Read more »

Columnist Dan Tilson takes issue with job growth stats; Sierra Club clarifies stance on transit

Governor Rick Scott announced yesterday that in June Florida had the highest job growth among the 10 most populous states, according to a job growth report released by ADP research institute. The report found that Florida had a higher job growth rate than Texas and California  at 3.9 percent, which also exceeded  the national average of 2.5 percent…. Read more »