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Manatee County Republican Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 23, 2011

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779-8532


REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MANATEE COUNTY SELECTS DELEGATES FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY OF FLORIDA “PRESIDENCY 5”

~ More than 200 grass-roots enthusiasts turn out to select Manatee County representatives at one of the first major Republican political events that will  determine the eventual GOP nominee for president ~

Manatee County, FL. – The Republican Party of Manatee County officially selected the delegates that will represent Manatee County in Orlando at the Republican Party of Florida “straw poll” September 22 – 24, 2011.

Hopeful delegate applicants and guests were greeted with music, balloons, entertainment and a genuine convention atmosphere at the transformed historic Bradenton’s women Club on Saturday.

United States Congressman Vern Buchanan stopped in to visit the almost 200 delegate applicants and Republican enthusiasts at the Manatee GOP Presidency 5 Caucus.

Congressman Buchanan advocated for the GOP ”Cut, Cap and Balance” plan and noted “that the House has done more than the president by at least putting a plan on the table.” He stressed the need for a balanced budget amendment – something he has lobbied for since first being elected.
Senator Mike Bennett, Senate Pro Tempore encouraged the Manatee delegation to “get to know” each presidential candidate before casting their ballot in Orlando: “We need more than someone who just gives a good speech. Learn more about each candidate than just their stump speech. Study the issues and the candidates.”

Florida is a battleground for the road to the White House in the 2012. “Florida voters will play a pivotal role in determining our next President,” said Kathleen King, Chairman of the Republican Party of Manatee County. 

Presidency 5 will take place from September 22-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  It will include a nationally-televised debate broadcasted by FOX News Channel.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 12, 2011

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779 - 8532


REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MANATEE COUNTY TO SELECT DELEGATES FOR CRITICAL RPOF “PRESIDENCY 5” STRAW POLL

~More than 3,000 delegates from across the state will participate in major political event to help determine the eventual GOP nominee for president~

Manatee County, FL.  – The Republican Party of Manatee County will meet on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to select delegates from Manatee County to participate in the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF) “Presidency 5” (P5) Florida Straw Poll this September. The Caucus will take place at the Bradenton Women’s Club, 1705 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 3420. Doors open at 12:30 PM.

Presidency 5 delegates will have the opportunity to participate in a historic straw poll that has traditionally forecasted the Republican nominee for president.  P5 will be the first major event of the 2012 campaign season and will give presidential candidates the chance to convey their priorities directly to Floridians. Manatee County will select 63 delegates at the county delegation selection caucus meeting. The total Manatee County delegation will be made up of 69 delegates.

“2012 will be the year the Republicans take back the White House and P5 will play an integral role in picking the candidate who will win back the White House,” said Kathleen King, Chairman of the Republican Party of Manatee County. “All registered Manatee County Republicans are encouraged to join us and to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with door prizes, refreshments and music while we select the Manatee County delegation.  P5 is a key event that will give local voters the chance to hear from Republican leaders running for national office. It will also give them the opportunity to pick the best candidate of their choice that shares their vision for America.”

The event is open to all registered Republicans. All guests will be required to present their Republican voter registration card at the door. All Delegate applicants will be required to present their current Republican voter registration card AND a current Florida Driver‘s license or photo Identification Card at the door.

“It’s time to restore Conservative values in the White House and to repeat the Republican election successes of last November.  Florida is a key battleground state and Florida voters will play a pivotal role in determining our next President,” said David Bitner, Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. 

P5 will take place from September 22-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  It will include a nationally-televised debate broadcasted by FOX News Channel.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 22, 2011

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779 – 8532


“LEADING POLLSTER AND PUBLIC OPINION EXPERT COMING TO MANATEE COUNTY” 

~ Republican Party of Manatee County Announces 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner Keynote Speaker ~

Manatee County, FL.   Republican Party of Manatee County Chairman Kathleen King confirmed that founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, Scott W. Rasmussen, will headline the annual Manatee County Lincoln Day Dinner on February 18, 2012.

“Rasmussen is a reliable and driving force in American Politics. Party activists are excited to hear what Rasmussen has to say when all eyes are watching the evolving contest for the Republican presidential nominee and the future make-up of the U.S. House and Senate” said King.

King noted Rasmussen has a reputation for accuracy and stability. “He was ranked as the most accurate national polling firm in Election 2008 and was the only firm to project the actual totals for the candidates within half-a-percentage point of the actual totals during Election 2004.”

Mr. Rasmussen is a political analyst, author, independent public opinion pollster and frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, the BBC, and other major media outlets.

Rasmussen Reports' data is frequently cited in the national news media and on broadcast outlets throughout the country. Rasmussen is the author of Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System  and In Search of Self-Governance  and has had several columns published in the Wall Street Journal.  

Rasmussen Reports is most noted for political polling; however, the firm also provides extensive coverage of business, economic, and lifestyle issues and trends that Americans are curious about.

Earlier in his career, he and his father founded ESPN, the cable sports network.

For Lincoln Day Dinner information, contact Event Chairman David Matthews at (941) 567–0454.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 26, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“BUCHANAN IS A CLEAR WINNER IN

FLORIDA REDISTRICTING”

~ New District FL-16 Even More Republican than Current FL-13 ~

~ The District retains 96% of the District he won with by almost 70% in 2010 ~

Manatee County, FL.   Manatee County Republican Party Chairman Kathleen King said today that Congressman Vern Buchanan is a clear winner in Florida redistricting.  The final compromise map released yesterday by the Florida Legislature keeps his district essentially unchanged. 

“The number one priority in redistricting for any sitting Member of Congress is to keep as much of their current district as possible,” said King.  “Vern retains more of his current district than any other member running for re-election.”

“Ideally we wanted all of Manatee County to remain in one district. While we regret losing a portion of eastern Manatee County to a newly created district, we like the fact that new district 16 is basically the same district Vern has been representing for the past five years.”

“The minor revisions actually make Buchanan’s new District even more Republican than the area he currently represents. This is the same district he had when he won in the last presidential election cycle and the same district he won with almost 70 percent of the vote in 2010.”

King believes that Congressman Buchanan has done well representing Manatee County and that the new district is good for Manatee County.

“If the maps pass as most recently drafted, congratulations are due to Vern and the people he represents,” concluded King.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 20, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779 – 8532


“BOOK-SIGNING IN MANATEE WITH AUTHOR “SHADOW GOVERNMENT: WHAT OBAMA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT HIS CZARS”

~ Television producer reporter, investigative journalist, author of upcoming book Promoting Decline: Obama vs. America to address Manatee GOP ~

Manatee County, FL.  –   Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the National Republican Trust PAC, former television producer and investigative journalist will address the Manatee County Republican Party at 7:00 PM Monday, January 23, at the Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202.

As a writer, Mr. Wheeler focuses on domestic and international security issues. For the past eight years he has been on the forefront of the most crucial issues facing national security – from the war zones in Yugoslavia, to the drug fields of South America and following the trails of international arms smugglers to Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Wheeler is a veteran of the U.S. Army infantry.

Mr. Wheeler’s new column "The Weakness of Obama's Arguments" details how "Obama’s latest campaign strategy is just as vulnerable as the one he just abandoned and for the same reasons" and how the President continues to push for the expansion of government at the expense of the American middle class.

Representatives of the Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Republican Presidential campaigns will briefly address the GOP followed by Mr. Wheeler with a brief Question and Answer session.

The door open at 6:30 PM and Mr. Wheeler will be signing free copies of his book “Shadow Government: What Obama Doesn’t Want You to know About His Czars.”

Information: Republican Party of Manatee County Chairman Kathleen King at (941) 779 – 8532

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 10, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779 – 8532


“EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN TRUST TO ADDRESS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MANATEE COUNTY”

~ Manatee County Republican Party 2012 Campaign for the White House in Full Swing ~

Manatee County, FL. Republican Party of Manatee County Chairman Kathleen King confirmed that Scott Wheeler, Executive Director of the National Republican Trust PAC, former television producer and investigative journalist will kick-off 2012 election for Manatee County Republicans with an address to the Republican Party of Manatee County at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 23, 2012.

Since 2008, Scott Wheeler has been leading the anti-establishment conservative charge against wasteful spending and big government through his numerous columns and TV/radio appearances on programs like "Cavuto," "Fox & Friends," "The Ed Show," "Kilmeade & Friends," "Power & Money," and "Stossel," as well through his work with the National Republican Trust PAC, which spent millions of dollars in 2008 on television ads to defeat Obama.

Scott Wheeler's prescient perspectives on American politics were the driving force behind the historic GOP takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. As the presidential election of 2012 draws near, these perspectives will ring truer than ever and will take on new meaning. So far, Wheeler has predicted all the major trends that have come to pass in the GOP primary race through his column on GOPTrust.org, "Wheeler's Political Fix". This insight will attract more attention than ever this campaign season, especially with the release of Wheeler's upcoming book, Promoting Decline: Obama vs. America.

Wheeler’s new column "The Weakness of Obama's Arguments"details how "Obama’s latest campaign strategy is just as vulnerable as the one he just abandoned and for the same reasons" and how the President continues to push for the expansion of government at the expense of the American middle class.

For information, contact Kathleen King at (941) 779-8532.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 23, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“MANATEE GOP FIRST TO GET LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE”

~ Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Bennett and Representative Jim Boyd to address Manatee County Republican Party Monday ~

Manatee County, FL. - Manatee County Republican Party Chairman Kathleen King confirmed that State Senator Mike Bennett and State Representative Jim Boyd will address the Republican Party of Manatee County in Bradenton on Monday, March 26, 2012.

Members will meet with the state officials and Republican candidates at the Bradenton Women’s Club located at 1705 Manatee Avenue West. A 6:00 p.m. social is scheduled to be followed by a 7:00 p.m. meeting that includes the 2012 Florida Legislative Session and Bill Summary Report.

King said that members are looking forward to learning about and discussing policy with the members of the legislature so close to the conclusion of the regular legislative session and in the midst of the special session on re-apportionment.

“Folks want to hear directly from Representative Boyd about the Personal Injury Protection Reform bill and they want to discuss the budget, job creation and the revised Senate redistricting maps with Senator Bennett.”

“They are also eager to congratulate Senator Bennett on his recent appointment to the Government Efficiency Task Force.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 20, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779 – 8532


“PORT DIRECTOR BUQUERAS TO SHARE PLAN WITH MANATEE GOP”

~ Executive Director Carlos Buqueras to discuss Port Manatee’s role in job creation and economic development with Manatee GOP on Monday ~

Manatee County, FL. – Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras will address the pursuit of international trade in Brazil and Cuba, opportunities resulting from expansion of the Panama Canal, impacts of the port free-trade zone on cargo, tax advantages of the an encouragement zone, potential as a retailers’ big-box distribution center and increasing cruise traffic with the Manatee County Republican Party on Monday, April 23, 2012.

Manatee Port Authority Chairman Larry Bustle will be on hand to discuss how the port can help bring new business into Manatee County.

Manatee GOP Chairman Kathleen King said “The Governor and party are working tirelessly to facilitate opportunities that create new private sector jobs.”

King continued with, “Governor Scott’s approach is working based on the fact that Florida’s unemployment rate has declined for nine consecutive months and is at 9% now. This is the largest month over decline in Florida’s unemployment rate since October 1992. Almost 11,000 jobs were created just last month.”

The agenda includes a Legislative Report from Representative Greg Steube and 12th Circuit State Attorney Candidates Ed Brodsky and Peter Lombardo.

The Republican Party of Manatee County will meet at the Bradenton Women’s Club located at 1705 Manatee Avenue West at 7:00 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 7, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779-8532


“MANATEE GOP HEADQUARTERS

GRAND-OPENING SATURDAY JUNE 9”

~ Romney for President, Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Florida

and the Republican Party of Manatee County join forces in campaign ~


Manatee County, FL. – The Romney for President, Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Florida and Republican Party of Manatee County combined forces and are hosting a Manatee County “Victory” office Open House on Saturday June 9 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Per Republican Party of Manatee County Chairman Kathleen King “the RNC is working hand-in-hand with the Romney for President campaign and the local and state parties to ensure that the Republican ticket is successful at all levels on election day.”

U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan, State Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Bennett, State Representative Jim Boyd, State Representative Greg Steube and many local Republican elected officials and candidates are confirmed to speak in the live program that begins at 3:00 PM program.

Light refreshments will be served and patriotic music will be provided by George’s Disc Jockey Service with live music by Tenor Daniel Paul Anzaldo.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry is certain “Manatee and Florida Republicans are ready for the historic election ahead of us” and “are prepared to fight for a more prosperous future for our counties, state and country.”

The Manatee 2012 “Victory” office is located at 2601 Manatee Avenue West, Suite “D”, Bradenton, Florida 34205.  Phone number (941) 714–0600.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 22, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SCHROEDER-MANATEE RANCH TO DISCUSS ‘VIRTUES OF CAPITALISM’ WITH MANATEE GOP”

~ Rex Jensen to discuss capitalism, local economic development initiatives and why elections matter with Manatee GOP on Monday ~


Manatee County, FL. – Mr. Rex E. Jensen, President and Chief executive Officer of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) Inc., ‘Virtues of Capitalism Award’ recipient and overseer of Florida’s fastest selling fully integrated master-planned community, Lakewood Ranch, will share his insight with the Republican Party of Manatee County on Monday June 25, 2012.

As CEO, Mr. Jensen has been a pro-active leader in promoting smart growth and green building and is responsible for all the businesses of SMR, including agricultural operations, aggregate mining, real estate development and land-holding on 30,000 acres in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Manatee GOP Chairman Kathleen King is looking forward to Mr. Jensen’s presentation and expects him “to address the flawed policy of government coercion, the problems associated with increasing taxation and government regulation, and, their negative impacts on business and culture.”

Manatee Clerk of Court R.B. Chips Shore will also address the GOP, as will Manatee County Sheriff candidates Bill Waldron and W. Brad Steube and Supervisor of Elections candidates Edward Bailey, Richard Bedford, Mike Bennett and Jane von Hahmann.

The Republican Party of Manatee County meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradenton Women’s Club located at 1705 Manatee Avenue West.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 1, 2012

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“Manatee County GOP Chair Kathleen King Responds to Comments by Keith Fitzgerald Spokesperson”

~ Fitzgerald Aide: "Republicans hate women, African Americans, the poor" … "Republicans hate...hate....hate"


Bradenton, FL. – Manatee County Republican Party Chairwoman Kathleen King issued the following statement today in response to news reports about the hate-filled rants from congressional candidate Keith Fitzgerald’s spokeswoman. 

“As a Republican woman, Catholic and longtime resident of this community, I am outraged and appalled at the hate-filled rants by Fitzgerald’s spokeswoman about our citizens,” said King.

“Fitzgerald’s spokeswoman has insulted half the voters in Florida’s 16th District with her offensive tirade. The obvious question is why Fitzgerald hired her in the first place and whether he agrees with her statements.”

The Sunshine State News Reported that Fitzgerald's new communications director said on her public blog that "Republicans hate women, immigrants, African Americans, firefighters, police officers, teachers, citizens who vote for Democrats, the poor, the middle class, anyone but each other. Republicans simply hate . . . hate . . . hate.”

The Republican Party of Manatee County meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradenton Women’s Club located at 1705 Manatee Avenue West.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 1, 2013

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“MANATEE GOP OFFICIALS WORKING TOGETHER TO WELCOME REAGAN”

Manatee County, FL.  – Manatee Republicans are preparing to welcome the son of former President Ronald Reagan, FOX new channel contributor, NYTs bestselling author and syndicated columnist, Michael Reagan.

Today, Manatee GOP Chair Kathleen King confirmed that both U. S. Congressman Vern Buchanan and U. S.  Congressman Tom Rooney will attend the high profile Manatee Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan is the only Florida member of Congress to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He is an outspoken advocate of a simplified U.S. tax code and a Balanced Budget Amendment. As Chairman of the Friends of Panama Caucus, Buchanan is working to help Port Manatee grow and capitalize on the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal.

U. S.  Representative Congressman Tom Rooney represents Florida’s new 17th district which includes portions of east Manatee County. He is Deputy Whip for the Majority and sits on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 

Florida State Senator Bill Galvano and Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education is serving as Honorary Finance Chair for the event.

King said “Event Chair Heather Goldin has done a fantastic job bringing all of the volunteers, donors and officials together for what is going to be a wonderful night.”

King also confirmed that Florida State Representative Jim Boyd, State Representative Greg Steube, Manatee County Commission Chairman Larry Bustle and numerous local officials are scheduled to attend the annual dinner.

Sponsorship and general admission donations are available beginning at $100.

For more information call Manatee GOP at (941) 714 – 0600. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 27, 2013

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


Republican Party of Manatee County Elects New State Committeeman and Leaders to the Executive Committee

David Matthews Elected Manatee County Republican State Committeeman

Secretary Heather Goldin promoted to Vice Chairman

New Board Member David Bisaillon elected Secretary


Bradenton, FL. – The Manatee County Republican Executive Committee elected Republican leader David Matthews to the office of Manatee State Committeeman for the remainder of the 2012-2016 term. The election was held at the committee’s meeting on September 23rd. 

State Committeeman Matthews was well known to voting members and took office immediately.  He became active in Manatee County Republican Party politics immediately upon arrival from Pinellas County in 2007. He was the sitting Vice Chairman and prior Treasurer of the Board

“I am honored to serve the people at the state level. I promise to be an active and to represent hard-working men and women in Manatee County to the best of my ability,” said Matthews.

In addition to his political involvement, he is the Director of Plant Operations at Blake Medical Center, serves the community in multiple capacities including the Guardian Ad Litem program, is very active in Saints Peter & Paul Parish The Apostles Catholic Church. 

Matthews joins former Florida State Representative and current State Committeewoman Peggy Simone and Manatee County Chairman and Republican Party of Florida Secretary Kathleen King to complete the Manatee Delegation on the Republican Party of Florida.

Precinct Committeewoman Heather Goldin was promoted to Vice Chairman. Goldin is a small business owner and very active in Republican Party of Manatee County politics.

Goldin said “I am excited to take my experience to the next level to continue the grassroots success in Manatee County to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party.”  

David Bisaillon was elected to the Executive Board to serve as Secretary. Bisaillon was enthused and said he “is honored to join such a hard-working and effective Board.” 

The Manatee Republican Executive Committee Board of Officers is complete with Marcelle Hagood as Treasurer.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 9, 2013

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


ANDREA TANTAROS to Keynote Manatee GOP Lincoln Day Dinner”

Manatee County, FL.  – Today Manatee GOP Chairman Kathleen King announced to the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee that Andrea Tantaros, a co-host on one of the hottest and most successful shows on cable, FOX News Channel's The Five, will render the Keynote Address at the 2014 Manatee Lincoln Day Dinner.

Through her career, Tantaros has served in senior communications roles on a number of high-profile political campaigns. Her experience includes serving as communications director for former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld where she led the media operation against former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, working with former Reagan pollster Richard Wirthlin and serving as deputy press secretary to former Congressman Patrick Toomey.

The Washington Times has said, "Andrea is the most pragmatic personality on The Five, and brings a wealth of experience despite being in her early 30’s…her calm, yet reasoned personality mixed with a quick tongue and biting sense of humor make her a powerful presence."

Chairman King said “Tantaros’ youth, credentials and experience caught the attention of the leadership team” and she “very much looks forward welcoming the well-informed young conservative to Manatee County.”

Florida Senator Bill Galvano is serving as Honorary Finance Chairman for the dinner. The February 15, 2014 event will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL with general admission donations available beginning at $125.

For more information call the Republican Party of Manatee County at (941) 714 – 0600.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 17, 2014

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


EXCITEMENT BUILDING for TANTAROS at Manatee GOP Event!

Manatee County, FL.  – Manatee GOP Chairman Kathleen King states the 2014 Manatee County Republican Executive Committee annual fundraising dinner is on pace to be the most successful fundraising event in the history of local county party political fundraisers for either party in Manatee County.

Sponsorships and donations are ahead of past cycles at this point in the preparations for next month’s event. King attributes this “to the success, hard work and willingness of the local party to stand for its principles and the efforts of the entire Lincoln Day Dinner committee.”

Andrea Tantaros, one of the co-hosts for FOX News Channel's The Five, will render the Keynote Address at the 2014 The Manatee GOP dinner.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, United States Congressman Vern Buchanan, United States and Congressman Tom Rooney are invited. Florida Senator Bill Galvano, Florida Senator Nancy Deter, Florida Representative Jim Boyd, Florida Representative Ray Pilon, Florida Representative Greg Steube are confirmed to attend the high profile event immediately before the 2014 Florida Legislative Session.

Honorary Finance Chairman is Senator Galvano this year. Event coordination is being handled by Chairman King and Lincoln Day Dinner Co-chairmen Heather Goldin and Dave Matthews.

The February 15, 2014 event will be at the Bradenton Area Convention Center with general admission donations beginning at $125 and some sponsorship opportunities still available.

For more information call the Republican Party of Manatee County at (941) 714 – 0600.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June  2013

CONTACT:  Kathleen King (941) 779–8532


“Chairman Kathleen Kings Guest Editorial on the Up coming Special Election”

Ordinance 13-07 is swiftly moving forward through the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.

This legislation gives hard-working Manatee County voters the privilege of voting for a self-imposed county sales increase in June 2013.

On June 1, 2008 the Board of County Commissioners changed Ordinances that provided for the Medically Indigent and expanded the funding provisions to include For-Profit hospitals.

This debate is not about indigent care – it is about the role of government in health care.

If the Board was serious about this in 2008 they would not have voted to loosen the restrictions to include “other purposes” or to expand the funding provision.

Manatee County overwhelmingly rejected the president and his health care plan twice. However, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) as a tax.

Why should the citizens of Manatee County pay a federal tax and an increased local sales tax for health care?

Isn’t this double taxation?

The Governor is in favor of the federal expansion of Medicaid in Florida to cover healthcare for the indigent at 100% for at least three years, taking us past 2015.

The proposed expansion of Medicaid in Florida is projected to:

• Increase eligibility from 3.3 million to nearly 4.6 million, accounting for 24% of Florida’s population;

• Cost the federal government an additional $66 billion over the next ten years; and,

• Cost Floridians an additional $5 billion over the next ten years.

(according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured)

The economy is rebounding in Manatee. Why stop the momentum with a tax increase? A vibrant economy will naturally generate increased revenue.

Small businesses in Manatee County have a competitive edge over neighboring counties because our sales tax is lower. A sales tax increase will hurt businesses by nullifying this advantage.

The special election will be another burden of roughly $300,000 to the taxpayers of Manatee County.

Why is the county recommending a sales tax hike that generates $23 million if the shortfall is $9 million? What is the county going to do with the excess $14 million dollars?

What fact does the county base the projection that 33% of the new tax will be paid by people who don’t own property and tourists?

Where is the 26% reduction for unincorporated Manatee County and 13% reduction for residents in municipalities on property taxes coming from? 

Is there going to be an actual decrease in the millage rate, or is there just going to be a shift in fees?

The “three-pronged” strategy to accomplish tax relief for property owners includes a sales tax increase for everyone.

The “decrease” in the cost of Sheriff’s Department will be a shift in patrol costs from city residents in municipalities that pay for their own police departments to those in unincorporated Manatee County.

The storm water utility tax and utility franchise tax will be rolled into one utility tax so everyone, including mobile home owners, will pay both taxes. This spreads the tax among a broader base of taxpayers, but it is an increase for mobile home owners.

Mobile Home Owners that reside in unincorporated Manatee County will be hit the worst. They will not see a reduction in Sheriff Department Patrol costs; they will get an increase in their utility tax; and, they will suffer from a sales tax increase.

  1. 1.Why do struggling taxpayers need to raise their own taxes to pay to reimburse For-Profit institutions?

  2. 2.Why rush this through without waiting to see how the Affordable Healthcare Act impacts health care delivery for the Medically Indigent?

  3. 3.Why not wait to see what the Florida Legislature does with federal expansion of Medicaid in Florida?

  4. 4.Why ask taxpayers to pay $300,000 for a special election? Why not place this on the regular general election ballot in 2014?

  5. 5.Why expand the involvement of County Government in health care?

  6. 6.Why increase eligibility to include the uninsured, underinsured and those earning less than 200%*of the Federal Poverty Level (increase from 135% FPL) *200% FPL includes a family four in Manatee County making $46,000/year. In other words, one half of Manatee County citizens will pay for the health care of the other half of Manatee County citizens.

Manatee County Commissioners should examine the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Florida before raising taxes.

How we care for the neediest among us is a reflection of our community. But, even compassionate people can see this is a bad deal.

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