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Pasco officials pick Shawn Foster as county's new lobbyist



Despite an $83,000 shortfall in its elderly nutrition program and possible increases in gasoline taxes and a higher property tax rate, Pasco County commissioners decided a lobbyist isn't an expense they want to forgo.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to begin negotiations with Southern Strategy Group, a firm represented locally by Shawn Foster, a former aide of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis who also worked for Mike Fasano when he was a state senator. He currently serves as a lobbyist for the Hernando County Commission.

The firm would replace Slater Bayliss, a former aide to ex-Gov. Jeb Bush who now works for The Advocacy Group. Commissioners have set aside $50,000 for lobbying efforts in Tallahassee, but they told staff to work to secure a less expensive deal.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 3:59pm]


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