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Cable Competition Will Be Good For Us
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Cable Competition Will Be Good For Us

BY John Hallman

When companies compete for customers, customers win: Competition invariably leads to lower prices, better service and more choices. The U.S. House of Representatives recognized this in approving HR 5252, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act. For years, a patchwork quilt of local franchising rules has quashed competition in cable television. By approving HR 5252, the House took a huge step toward eliminating this 1960s-era barrier to competition. Now it's time for the Senate to do the same thing.

06/22/2006
County commissioners use recreation money for a variety of projects
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County commissioners use recreation money for a variety of projects

BY Patty Pensa

Some Palm Beach County commissioners like to spread the wealth, doling out their $200,000 discretionary funds in small amounts to a variety of groups. Others prefer to hand it out in larger sums to a few projects. In the decade since the Recreational Assistance Program began, commissioners have distributed $15.1 million for upgrading parks, lighting school athletic fields, and funding summer programs and cultural events. And all have pet projects they fund almost every year with these unrestricted taxpayer dollars.

07/30/2004
Activists rally to save popular Palm Beach County marina from developers
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Activists rally to save popular Palm Beach County marina from developers

BY Anthony Man

Palm Beach Shores · Boaters, diners and other denizens of a popular marina hope the Palm Beach County Commission commits to spending tax money to preserve what they describe as a jewel on the Intracoastal Waterway. Their objective -- backed by Commission Chairwoman Karen Marcus, who represents the area -- is to avoid development of the Sailfish Marina. One recent plan would have seen the marina and its grounds sold for a condominium project. Although that plan was called off, county officials and people who enjoy the marina want to eliminate the risk of losing it.

05/25/2004
Group welcomes debate on Social Security
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Group welcomes debate on Social Security

The conservative free-market group Citizens for a Sound Economy is bringing its Social Security ideas to Boynton Beach today. The organization favors changes to Social Security, including at least some amount of privatization. John Hallman, South Florida director for the organization, said political reality would dictate preserving benefits for current retirees and near retirees. But, he said, people a long way from retirement should be able to make some investment decisions themselves, rather than depend on the government program.

03/23/2004
County OKs $200 million for Scripps
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County OKs $200 million for Scripps

BY Anthony Man

Enthusiastic Palm Beach County commissioners, dazzled by the prospect of landing a branch of the prestigious Scripps Research Institute, agreed Tuesday to commit up to $200 million in public money to provide a home for the La Jolla, Calif.-based biotech giant. The money, $40 million more than originally estimated to land the deal, would pay for a temporary site, land for a permanent location and construction of two buildings.

10/15/2003
COUNTY COMMISSION OKS$2.57 BILLION SPENDING PLAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
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COUNTY COMMISSION OKS$2.57 BILLION SPENDING PLAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

BY Anthony Man

Copyright 2003, South Florida Sun-Sentinel. All Rights Reserved. After hearing complaints about excessive spending from members of a watchdog group, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 4-2 Monday for a $2.57 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins next week. Commissioner Tony Masilotti, who voted no two weeks ago and switched to yes Monday, said he was convinced that the spending plan is fairly lean -- and that most of the increase isn't coming from property taxes but from other sources such as impact fees paid by developers.

09/23/2003
Palm Beach County Commission OKs $2.57 billion spending plan
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Palm Beach County Commission OKs $2.57 billion spending plan

BY Anthony Man

After hearing complaints about excessive spending from members of a watchdog group, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 4-2 Monday for a $2.57 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins next week. Commissioner Tony Masilotti, who voted no two weeks ago and switched to yes Monday, said he was convinced that the spending plan is fairly lean -- and that most of the increase isn't coming from property taxes but from other sources such as impact fees paid by developers. The two commissioners with the longest tenure, Karen Marcus and Mary McCarty, voted no.

09/23/2003
SHERIFF SEEKS TO ADD DEPUTIES
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SHERIFF SEEKS TO ADD DEPUTIES

BY Prashant Gopal

Copyright 2003, South Florida Sun-Sentinel. All Rights Reserved. By Staff Writer Sheriff Ed Bieluch will hire at least 26 deputies to patrol poor neighborhoods and do it without adding a penny to his proposed $272 million budget, he told county commissioners Thursday. Most commissioners at the budget hearing said they liked that idea, tentatively approving the spending plan, which previously called for no new patrol deputies.

09/12/2003
FREE-MARKET CONSERVATIVES AIM TO BE HEARD
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FREE-MARKET CONSERVATIVES AIM TO BE HEARD

BY ANTHONY MAN

Saturday, July 26, 2003 LOCAL John Hallman envisions a force of free-market, small-government conservatives rising from the generally liberal fields of Palm Beach County. "We want to become a voice as big as some of the groups on the left are, [such as] environmental groups that drive public policy through a large membership and making their voices heard," he said. Hallman's a long way from that goal, but months of organizing on behalf of Citizens for a Sound Economy have brought some success. The last local meeting attracted 40 people.

07/26/2003