As Government shutdown looms, Congress plays; Rick Scott poised to disappoint high speed rail supporters again, and will Florida Leg. attempt to put TABOR on the ballot? Mitch Perry Report 2.24.11

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You're not hearing about this much, what with the news filled with stories about Libya, Wisconsin and locally, the death of a St. Petersburg Police Officer, but the fact of the matter is the government may shut down in 9 days.  Which had us wondering what the heck was freshman U.S. Senator Marco Rubio doing in Tallahassee yesterday with the fate of the country's ability to pay for itself at stake.

There was a pro high-speed-rail rally in Orlando late yesterday, following up on a similar event in Tampa on Monday.  But even as negotiators working up against a deadline of tomorrow afternoon are furiously working to present a plan to Governor Rick Scott that would allow a local government agency to accept the federal funding for the service which would absolve Florida taxpayers from any liability, apparently there's still no change that could satisfy the Governor at this point.

A new report was released yesterday warning Florida lawmakers and taxpayers that a program called TABOR (a taxpayers bill of rights) which a committee in Tallahassee approved on the same day, will be bad news for all concerned.

And if you're a Tampa voter, HART wants to give a you a free ride on Election Day.

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the report here.

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