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GOP Convention Sticker Shock

Al Austin and the others leading the charge to land the 2008 GOP convention in Tampa reluctantly revealed details of their bid package this week, including the $12.7-million to be ponied up by the Tampa and other city governments. Huh?!, responds Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who said the city will spend no more than $1-million.

Another $15-million would come from the state legislature next year. Though Gov. Bush said he will lobby for the money, incoming House Speaker Marco Rubio is noncommital: "That's a lot of money. ... We'd have to look at the cost-benefit analysis of the bid. Obviously conventions are a big deal." Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:03pm]


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