Every year the county sends a top 10 list of things they want from Tallahassee. These are the things our EXPENSIVE lobbyists are to fight for. Education? Mass Transit? Hospital Funding? Flooding Costs? Job Training? Well, you would be wrong. According to Michael Lewis:
County officials complain we send far more money to the state than we get back to serve our residents. They also lament that Tallahassee doesn’t listen to what we need in Miami-Dade. Other counties, they moan, are far better at getting what they want from the state.and...
All of that is true, and there’s a reason: despite having five former state legislators on our 13-member county commission, we stumble all over ourselves when we ask the state for what we think we need. We have met the enemy, and he is us.
Not to deride the aims, but with all this county’s critical needs in higher education, transportation, schools, hospitals, economic development and job growth, social services, infrastructure and far more, the 23 items to choose among included – and I’m not making this up, I assure you:The people we elected are mostly morons. Souto, get off the Commission. We don't need your damn cattle show crap.
State funding for a horse and cattle show
Rest stops for cattle coming to the show (that’s a second item)
Identity theft protection for minors
Regulation of liquid nitrogen
Dual naming part of Curtiss Parkway as Doral Boulevard
Banning the sale of ivory in Florida
Requiring sexual predators to wear electronic monitors.
Those are almost a third of the choices for what is most important to Miami-Dade County.
Lewis said: "It’s no wonder we get so little from Tallahassee. We don’t know how to ask for it."
Everyone who cares, make up your own list and put it here.