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Mike Salinero
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Hillsborough gave $250,000 incentive to get eight days of shooting here. Study says the county got $1 million in economic benefits.

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Supporters of the sales tax say they will put a citizen initiative on the ballot, if not this year, than two years from now with transportation/mass transit improvements.

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Hillsborough leaders have built in multiple checks and balances to make sure a half-cent sales tax increase will got to projects and services as advertised in the Go Hillsborough community transportation plan. Such safeguards have been integral to successful transportation tax referendums in other states, such as Maricopa County, Arizona, and Charlotte, N.C.

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Really good story by my colleague Elaine Silvestrini about outrageous fees charged jail inmates to call family and friends. Elaine gives the issue even-handed treatment, letting sheriff's office explain that they use some of the money they get back from company that runs the phone service for programs that benefit inmates.

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After much speculation, Chamber finally decides to fish and not cut bait.

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Assembling a study team of experts and planning the logistics of the move could take a year or more.

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PR executive Bill Carlson says Dems will vote against the Go Hillsborough half-cent-per-penny sales tax. That goes against the conventional wisdom that Democrats will support a tax increase when they think 1) it will produce a societal good and 2) they will benefit personally.

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Hillsborough Commissioners complain new transportation impact fees too hard on businesses.

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New poll indicates transportation tax has a chance.
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