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Taxes are in too short supply to support random projects

Taxes are in too short supply to support random projects

Critics asking whether governments return enough bang for our tax bucks might add a second question: are we getting the right kind of bang? Take Community Redevelopment Agencies, which under…

Don’t buy a pig in a poke in secretive courthouse proposal

Don’t buy a pig in a poke in secretive courthouse proposal

A mayor’s plea to scuttle an expensive, unsolicited and secretive bid for a new county courthouse is, for government, absolutely blistering. Rightly so. Mayor Carlos Giménez trained all his guns…

No greenbacks if Biscayne Green deletes any traffic lanes

No greenbacks if Biscayne Green deletes any traffic lanes

Never before have we welcomed a veto of aid to Miami, but we hail Gov. Rick Scott’s roadblock of $1 million geared to narrow Biscayne Boulevard. That funding would be…

Despite financial leaks, catamaran ferry transit could float

Despite financial leaks, catamaran ferry transit could float

A long-awaited study uncorked last week on how catamarans can beat traffic gridlock finds that boats could cut 20 minutes from the time buses clock on a single route but…

Balancing act vital as Miami ponders future of city assets

Balancing act vital as Miami ponders future of city assets

Miami is weighing the best uses of its assets. New commissioners Joe Carollo and Manolo Reyes are asking hard questions about properties that could yield hefty income were the city…

Fresh ideas can reverse Miami’s transit race to oblivion

Fresh ideas can reverse Miami’s transit race to oblivion

New York, which is battling subway woes that make Miami’s faltering transit feel like a swiftly flowing stream, unveiled eight solutions in a global competition last week. New York was…

Solve mystery of vanishing transit riders, halt the bleeding

Solve mystery of vanishing transit riders, halt the bleeding

The news about Miami-Dade Transit goes from horrible to far worse. How much more can we endure? And when will we see the county do something more to slow the…

Call marine stadium time out until city develops a firm plan

Call marine stadium time out until city develops a firm plan

Why do governments build projects before they know how to fund construction or how to maintain and operate them? And shouldn’t real estate assets help fund other public needs? The…

County’s moves to bar out-of-town bids harming taxpayers

County’s moves to bar out-of-town bids harming taxpayers

When Miami-Dade buys goods and services, it has already stacked the deck against out-of-town vendors. Now the push is on to eliminate any outsiders at all. The result will be…

Don’t build more transit if county can’t build transit riders

Don’t build more transit if county can’t build transit riders

If Miami-Dade doesn’t start running transit more hours, more reliably and with growing rather than disappearing loads, talk of six new corridors should remain just that – talk. Commissioners last…

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