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Why parochialism trumps everything in local governments

Why parochialism trumps everything in local governments

When our commissioners battle parochially, it’s not good guys vs. bad guys. Because each wins office via geographic voting, they face a dysfunctional dilemma about how to serve the public.…

How a small dinner for out-of-towners could elevate Miami

How a small dinner for out-of-towners could elevate Miami

A sea change might have washed over Miami last week, seen by few but destined to alter our psyche and image as only a handful of events ever do. That’s…

State’s taxpayers win, but county’s take a protectionist hit

State’s taxpayers win, but county’s take a protectionist hit

Fair competition in government contracts got a win at the state level last week but took another hit in Miami-Dade. Legislative leaders sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill on…

Get county out of pothole business and into the big picture

Get county out of pothole business and into the big picture

Miami-Dade is grappling with a half-century-old task. It should end with a big-picture county view that leaves local concerns to city halls. The road is winding and bumpy, as commissioners…

To keep visitor dollars flowing in, get traffic flowing again

To keep visitor dollars flowing in, get traffic flowing again

Traffic slowdowns not only are choking business and eroding our quality of life but are increasingly barriers to growing our strong hospitality industry. While a few years ago we irrationally…

County bid to help local business would actually harm us all

County bid to help local business would actually harm us all

County government is making a warm-and-fuzzy bid to help local businesses and farmers that in the end would backfire, costing taxpayers more and hurting our businesses too. A county committee…

Miami’s strong economy broadens from ‘two-legged stool’

Miami’s strong economy broadens from ‘two-legged stool’

A Leadership Miami effort to encapsulate the structure and future of Miami’s economy ended Saturday with a shape far too nuanced to package neatly. Participants left the Gusman downtown with…

Battle for fairgrounds is useless, so seek creative solutions

Battle for fairgrounds is useless, so seek creative solutions

Little is more gut-wrenching than a contested divorce or custody case. Two decent people paint each other as someone you’d hate to meet in a dark alley. That’s how a…

What a difference in optimism three years have produced

What a difference in optimism three years have produced

Economic optimism that was squelched by the recession has come roaring back among Miami Today readers, and with good reason: their financial positions have improved markedly. The average reader’s mean…

Tourist taxes add-on a creative way to finance vital transit

Tourist taxes add-on a creative way to finance vital transit

If Miami-Dade commissioners succeed in a creative drive to increase two of our three tourism taxes by one percentage point each, they can amass more than $60 million a year…

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