Regardless of the PSTA's lawyers providing legal excuses that PSTA can actually do this -use taxpayer money against the taxpayers as long as they don't use the words "support" or "vote for" - IT IS WRONG! Don't forget PSTA CEO Brad Miller spoke (on taxpayer time and dime) at the Yes for Greenlight kick off event standing next to the sign to vote YES for Greenlight in November. Does anyone think Miller's speech was part of an "education" campaign?
|PSTA CEO Brad Miller speaks on taxpayer time at Yes for Greenlightkick off campaign held at 9:30am on a Thursday next to "Vote Yes for Greenlight on Nov. 4th|
Now Florida state senator Jeff Brandes is weighing in on the Greenlight Pinellas issue. It is reported today at the Miami Herald
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is asking the Florida Department of Transportation's inspector general to investigate how Pinellas County's mass transit agency is spending money on its Greenlight Pinellas program
In a letter he sent Tuesday to DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad, Brandes is asking the agency to review how the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is spending about $800,000 on an information campaign on a Nov. 4 referendum asking voters to support a sales tax increase of 7 percent to 8 percent to pay for new routes and a 24-mile light rail line between St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
The campaign uses taxpayer money for propaganda purposes, a violation of state law that should require the money to be returned, Brandes said.
|FL State Senator Jeff Brandes|
This is good news for Pinellas taxpayers as most of Brandes constituents are in Pinellas. It is refreshing to see an elected representative holding a taxpayer funded government agency accountable to protect the taxpayers. Let's hope we see more of this from more elected officials.
Here's a youtube on the taxpayer funded the Greenlight Pinellas "sham" education campaign. If your browser does not load, click here.
We look forward to seeing Greenlight Pinellas shut down, cease and desist!