We updated our last post to highlight that the direction of Long's Regional Vision she presented at the January 13 PSTA workshop is to regionally control a big huge new pot of tax dollars:
REGIONAL SALES TAX FUNDING PLUS THE EXISTING LOCAL JURISDICTIONAL [PROPERTY TAX] FUNDING.
|Pinellas County Commission Long's Regional Vision|
What Commissioner Long is pushing is the exact opposite. What Long, PSTA's Brad Miller, the Tampa Bay Times and their cohorts want is to take power away from the people and regionalize decision making.
Regionalizing decision making is being done in coordination with the Obama Administration's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Affordable Housing regulations. The Obama Administration forced the AFFH regulations on all localities receiving HUD funding in July 2015, obligating them to compare their demographics to the region as a whole, nullifying municipal boundaries.
Long presented her Regional Council of
|Chart from Commissioner Long's presentation |
at the joint HART/PSTA meeting in October
Taxpayer funded use of local resources to start implementing the over reaching AFFH regulations has started. HUD has provided their "regional" data and maps to begin the regional implementation.
Transit plays a part of the AFFH regulations with HUD provided data related to disparities in access to transportation as this presentation reflects.
|HUD provides their data to locally |
comply with AFFH regulations
Long used the last minute MPO merger rule, pushed through by the Obama Administration on December 20th and Obama's AFFH regulations to rationalize her regionalism agenda.
It is obvious that a real goal of Long's regional proposal is to pursue a new multi-county regional sales tax hike to pay for her regional agenda.
Perhaps last October Democrat Long envisioned Hillary, who would have simply continued Obama's policies, would win in November.
The reality now is that a new Trump Administration and a Republican Congress will be rolling back and eliminating many over reaching burdensome federal regulations.
The reality now is there's a very good probability Obama's tyrannical AFFH regulations and the last minute MPO merger rules are going away.
So what Republican elected officials in Tampa Bay are going to support Democrat Long's proposal that supports Obama's regionalism agenda?
Time to Dump Long's proposal because her