Superintendent Pons, Paul Byrd, Traded Ownership of Franklin County Property in 2008 and 2010.

Superintendent Pons, Paul Byrd, Traded Ownership of Franklin County Property in 2008 and 2010.

Public records indicate that Superintendent Jackie Pons bought a vacant piece of property from Paul Byrd for $200,000 in 2008 and then, despite a decline in property values, sold it back to Mr. Byrd for the same amount in 2010. Both transactions were deemed by the Franklin County Property Appraiser to be “unqualified sales.” This […]

Why Tallahassee Reports?

The transformation of the media industry over the last thirty years has presented severe economic challenges to the newspaper industry. The newspaper business, fueled by a near monopoly over local advertising for so long, has had to make drastic changes to the way they operate. Without much, if any competition in reporting local news, many […]

A Test For Crony Capitalism

A Test For Crony Capitalism

One of the most popular phrases used by politicians to justify spending your money is “public-private partnership.” The term is most often heard in the same sentence as economic development and has been used at the national and state-level by both Republicans and Democrats to provide justification for significant financial incentives given to businesses that […]

Ethics Advisory Panel Recommendation

By: NEBA, Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates A group of outstanding citizens appointed to the ethics Advisory Panel met 18 times to formulate a plan to ensure that the city has ethics oversight. They presented a very comprehensive ethics plan to the City Commissioners, four of whom rejected most of it, suggesting instead that […]

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