TRENDING TOPIC FOR THURSDAY, MAY 11TH: The Que Pasa team wishes all Moms a happy Mother’s Day!
FLORIDA BUDGET: Bernadette Pardo spoke with Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo about the state budget on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.
Pardo started by asking Trujillo what he thought was the biggest accomplishment of this legislative session. Trujillo said, “I would say everything that we were able to do for Miami-Dade County. There are usually a lot of complaints that Miami never receives anything, and in this session Miami has received more than any other county in Florida. Florida International University is going to receive $25 million dollars for two brand new buildings, one for architecture and the other for international business. Miami Dade College is going to receive $10 million dollars to replace two buildings. Jackson Memorial Hospital is going to receive more money than just what we are giving them, because they also have federal money coming in.” He explained, “they took advantage of an opportunity in finding ways to distribute funds fairly. Ludlam Trail will also receive $5 million dollars in funding, as well as the Underline that runs from Downtown to South Miami, which will be getting funds for construction. Additionally, we will receive funds to help clean up the Miami River. We were able to get funds for different areas across Miami-Dade, and for many of our municipalities.” Pardo then focused on the homestead exemption expansion that will be on the ballot, and said it would unjustly affect county governments if their tax revenue goes down. Trujillo commented, “it isn’t unfair because the people are going to be able choose whether or not they want to lower their property taxes. Just like if they want the garbage to be picked up twice a week or three times a week, it is a decision that the voters are going to have to make. I think that if they have an opportunity to save money they are going to take it. People never tell me that they want to pay more money in taxes.” When asked if he was going to be named ambassador for the Trump administration, Trujillo said, “I have really been focused on the legislative session in the last six months, but this summer I am looking forward to being an advisor on several important topics in Washington.”
AP News Alert: Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty of fraudulently taking hundreds of thousands from sham charity
Billy Corben @BillyCorben May 11
Ex-Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown found guilty of 18 counts in fraud and corruption case because Florida http://www.firstcoastnews.com/
Marc Caputo @MarcACaputo May 11
Her corruption aside, former Dem Rep. Corrine Brown specialized in race-baiting and dissembling. http://www.politico.com/video/