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Archive for Friday, October 28, 2016


For the thousands of newly arrived Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, the first time theyll be allowed to vote in a presidential election is one where they might be a deciding factor. The irony isnt lost on them. Despite being U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans on the island cant vote for president.  And yet, they can fly more than a thousand miles to Central Florida and settle in what political analysts call the swing part of the swing state, potentially deciding the course of Americas future. Local organizers say this community isnt as homogenous as political campaigns would like. Frederick Velez, a community organizer with the progressive Latino coalition Que Vote Mi Gente, says Central Floridas boricua community can be divided ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Excess Property Tax Revenue Expands Orange County Budget

Orange County commissioners will have an extra $21.7 million to spend this fiscal year thanks to excess revenue, $3.2 million more than last year. Tax Collector Scott Randolph attributes the cash hike to higher property values during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He is asking commissioners to put some of the money toward getting air conditioning at the countys animal shelter.
Published in Central Florida News