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Quality of Life Funding Decreases

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Editor’s note: On September 25, 2018 City council unanimously approved Mayor Lenny Curry’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 budget whose general fund totals $1.2 billion. We decided to examine the city’s funding of children, arts and culture, libraries, and nonprofit organizations that support vulnerable people. We looked at a decade’s worth of city funding of the Children’s Commission and...

Respondents Favor Children’s Services Over Hart Ramp Removal.

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As of noon Sunday October 21, Jaxlookout’s initial subscriber poll shows no support for removing the Hart Bridge Ramps, and essentially no support for building a riverfront convention center or rebuilding Berkman Plaza 2.  The poll has been active since our September 28 launch, and and will remain open for the near future.  Subscribers are interested in investing in services for children and in...

The Public Wealth of Cities

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Editor’s Note: In spring of 2018, the JEA board and Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration raised the question of selling JEA, arguably the city’s most valuable asset.  We asked retired UNF professor Elizabeth Furdell to review The Public Wealth of Cities by Dag Detter and Stefan Folster, a study about municipal assets. Two Swedish experts in public finance detail their solutions for cities...

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