Palm Beach County legislative affairs office – a waste of taxpayer money?

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-33868-West-Palm-Beach-Libertarian-Examiner~y2010m3d18-Palm-Beach-County-legislative-affairs-office–a-waste-of-taxpayer-money

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“In addition, are the voters of Palm Beach County offended by the blatant abuse of Palm Beach County Days that happen in Tallahassee at the beginning of each Florida legislative session? Taxpayers front the cost of travel for 30+ government employees plus the commissioners. Beyond that, there are plenty of local corporate sponsors that are happy to let the liquor flow for our commissioners and their entourage. It’s good to know supposed non-profit organizations are able to get $200,000 together to throw a party for the commissioners so far away from home. And for what? You be the judge.”

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Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries

Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission
5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545
http://www.KARLDICKEY.org
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2009
Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586 Email: karl@karldickey.org
Libertarian Candidate Says to Slash Commissioner Salaries
County commissioner candidate wants salary reduced to $60,000
Boca Raton, FL – Palm Beach County commission candidate, Karl Dickey said this morning, “Our county commissioners should take a pay cut showing they are serious about getting the budget under control. We need to slash commissioner salaries by at least 35%.”
Although such a reduction is mostly symbolic based on the size of the county budget, it would show taxpayers they commissioners are serious about reigning in the spending. Reducing salaries has been brought before the commission in the past without success.
Karl Dickey is suggesting a pay of $60,000 for county commissioners as the median family income for county residents is around $50,000. Mr. Dickey added, “The high-flying times are gone and the commissioners need to get real. I would even support a proposal to bring the salary down to as much at $50,000.”
Mr. Dickey is also encouraged by county administrator, Robert Weisman’s commitment to submit the 2011 budget excluding all non-mandated items.
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Libertarian candidate blasts county moratorium on pain clinics

From today’s Palm Beach Post, Post on Politics by George Bennett  http://www.postonpolitics.com/2009/12/libertarian-candidate-blasts-county-moratorium-on-pain-clinics/

Our Jennifer Sorentrue reports that Palm Beach County commissioners this morning approved a one-year moratorium on approving new pain-management clinics amid concerns that drugs are being dispensed with insufficient controls.

A recent Palm Beach Post investigation found that more than 30 such clinics have opened in the county since 2007. Among the people running pain businesses are convicted drug dealers, serial criminals and former addicts, according to a review of county, state and federal records.

Libertarian commission candidate Karl Dickey blasted this morning’s 6-0 vote, saying commissioners are “punishing the many for the actions of a few. Whereas we understand some pain-management clinics have abused the system, it is outrageous for the county government to ban the ability of legitimate clinics from opening.”

Dickey is the only announced challenger to Republican Commissioner Steven Abrams.

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Interview w/ LibertarianViewpoint.com

Karl Dickey was recently interviewed for LibertarianViewpoint.com regarding his campaign for Palm Beach County Commission.

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In keeping with our goals of trying to get interviews with all the Libertarian candidates running for office April continues to track them down and ask them pertinent questions. She caught up with Karl Dickey, candidate for County Commissioner in Palm Beach. Her interview is posted here in its entirety. Enjoy!

Q: It’s a conundrum to some people. The wealthy are objects of envy, but heavy progressive taxes only create a class of dependents that are resentful of the hand that feeds them. Meanwhile, as can be evidenced from activities like the Robin Hood Foundation’s, not only are the wealthy indoctrinated to feel guilty about their property holdings, they’re still extraordinarily generous givers. Is Palm Beach getting wise to the indoctrination?

A: Firstly, although I realize many have envy for the wealthy, I do not subscribe to that notion. But more to the question, it would be difficult to know the thoughts of Palm Beachers and their reasons for giving to their favorite charities – whether out of guilt, altruism, or for the potential tax benefits. I do fully support the use of more private charities over the inefficient and often corrupt government-run and government-funded charities.

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Palm Beach County: Commissioners’ $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach County: Commissioners' $10,000 trip to Marco Island needed to study homelessness, other issues

Source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/06/24/0624marco.html?cxntlid=

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Four Palm Beach County commissioners, along with several county staff members, are at the Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa this week for a conference that County Administrator Bob Weisman estimates will cost the taxpayers $10,000.

It’s a trip they take every year, and Commission Chairman Jeff Koons says the Florida Association of Counties – which is organizing the conference – helps members make connections with state and federal policymakers and stay on top of issues such as homelessness and energy reform.

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But in a summer when the commission is considering sharp spending cuts and tax increases to make up for plunging home values, the trip is getting more attention than usual.

And not everyone went.

In a story posted Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Commissioner Jess Santamaria said he is staying in town to work on pressing county issues, such as the budget. He said hanging around with “movers and shakers” from across the state is a benefit mainly for those interested in running for state or federal office.

Earlier today, Karl Dickey, who is running against Commissioner Steven Abrams next year, issued a news release headlined: “Your Tax Dollars at Work — Or Is it Play?” Dickey urged reporters to check which commissioners come back with tans.

Abrams is at the conference and could not immediately be reached for comment, although someone purporting to be Abrams posted a message defending the trip on The Palm Beach Post‘s Web site Tuesday night.

“For goodness sakes, we live in Palm Beach County; I can assure you it is not some special junket for me to drive to Marco Island,” the message read. “Please be assured I am not playing golf or going on a cruise, and when I am not in meetings, I am taking my budget book with me to also study for our (commission) meeting next week.”

Reached on his cell phone today, Koons said the conference is definitely work.

Koons said he is attending sessions from 8:15 a.m. until after 6 p.m. He said it is critical for him to be there to meet conference attendees such as federal housing officials, at a time when the county may apply for more federal money to battle homelessness.

Weisman said some commissioners choose not to travel, and that is their personal preference.

“But you are not necessarily going to meet these people if you are sitting at home in Palm Beach County,” Weisman said.

This story includes material from the Sun Sentinel.

Your Tax Dollars at Work – Or is it Play?

Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, Florida 33433 888.394.0908 Fax: 561.208.6545

www.KARLDICKEY.org

NEWS RELEASE             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             June 24, 2009

Contact: Karl Dickey Tel: 561.237.5586  Email: karl@karldickey.org

Your Tax Dollars at Work – Or is it Play?

County commissioners go on junket at taxpayer’s expense

Boca Raton, FL – Karl Dickey, candidate for Palm Beach County Commission in District 4 was encouraged to learn county commissioners Jess Santamaria and Burt Aaronson chose not to attend this week’s extravaganza being held in Marco Island.

This morning Mr. Dickey commented, “One seminar dealing with honest services and public integrity must be a joke. If the commissioners sitting on the dais don’t know about it now, they never will and certainly will not learn via a seminar. These are people who have been in public office for quite some time. I commend the quote from Commissioner Santamaria that he is going to be spending the time here in Palm Beach County reviewing the upcoming budget. That is honest services and public integrity.”

It may be good for our media to follow this story to discover which seminars were attended by which commissioners, which commissioners were out playing golf, and which commissioners come back pale or with a tan. Wouldn’t Palm Beach County be better off if those dollars were being spent within the county rather than into the coffers of another county?

This week’s event is sponsored by The Florida Association of Counties and attending commissioners expect to pay for the trip by way of their office operating budget (taxpayer money).

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