Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando legislative delegation hears pleas for money, support

BROOKSVILLE — School superintendent Bryan Blavatt would just like to see an education funding formula that is fairer to districts the size of Hernando.

David Welch, who heads up a new local mental health alliance, wants financial support from the state so the group can begin to provide mental health programs in Hernando.

For Pasco-Hernando Community College president Katherine Johnson, the final $6.9 million installment for the new Porter campus at Wiregrass Ranch is at the top of her wish list.

For two hours Monday at the Hernando County Government Center, members of Hernando County's legislative delegation listened to local officials and residents talk about state issues, ranging from sinkhole legislation to transportation funding, as the lawmakers prepare for their 2013 session in Tallahassee.

State Reps. Robert Schenck and Jimmie T. Smith and state Sen. Wilton Simpson, all Republicans, make up the delegation.

Matt Foreman, chairman of the Hernando County School Board, and Michael McHugh, the county's business development director, each urged the legislators to do whatever they could to help Hernando launch its adult technical education program.

McHugh also urged support for two state grants the county is seeking — one to help Accuform Signs build new headquarters and expand manufacturing facilities at the county's airport, and the other for the county's effort to lease and run the Chinsegut Hill property north of Brooksville.

Schenck said he wanted to see the county's report on the condition of the historic manor house at Chinsegut because he doesn't want state dollars going into a money pit.

Red-light cameras put up by the city of Brooksville are causing issues, County Commission Chairman Dave Russell told the delegation. In fact, the presence of the cameras, permitted under a new state law, has become an issue as organizers of the annual Family Motor Coach Association rally at the county airport consider whether to move their gathering next year.

Repealing the state sales tax on commercial leases would help the 120 businesses that lease space at the county airport, Realtor Gary Schraut told the delegation. He said if the county could add more businesses with that impediment removed, more revenue could be raised without having to increase property taxes.

Schenck noted that many legislators support the idea, but the Legislature has never acted.

At one point during the meeting, resident Robert Simons turned the tables on the delegation, asking whether any of them are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbying group that writes bills for conservative legislators. He also asked whether they supported the state's "stand your ground" law and privatizing prisons.

Each lawmaker said he was not a member of ALEC, but each said he supported both the stand your ground law and privately operated prisons.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando legislative delegation hears pleas for money, support 01/28/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 9:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  2. Mayor Rick Kriseman endorsed by another police union

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is already backed by the city's largest police union, the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has secured another police union endorsement
  3. Drinking alcohol on St. Pete beaches now allowed — for hotel guests only

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Guests at gulffront hotels here can now drink alcoholic beverages in permitted hotel beach cabana areas.

    Guests at the Don CeSar Hotel relax Tuesday on St. Pete Beach. That night, the City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance to allow hotel guests to drink alcohol in permitted beach areas.
  4. Man found floating in 'Cotee River in New Port Richey

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A body was found floating in the Pithlachascotee River on Tuesday morning, police said.

  5. More than 13,000 fact-checks later, PolitiFact celebrates 10-year mark

    National

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bill Adair still remembers the moment when he realized his idea to fact-check politicians could turn into something big.

    From left, Aaron Sharockman, PolitiFact executive director, introduces a panel featuring Angie Holan, PolitiFact editor; PolitiFact founder Bill Adair; and Neil Brown, Tampa Bay Times editor and vice president, at the Poynter Institute on Tuesday.