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Winners and losers in Donald Trump’s first budget plan

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Africa to Appalachia — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he’d put on a crash diet.
The budget proposal out Thursday is a White House wish list; it’ll be up to Congress to decide where money goes. If Trump gets his way, there will be more losers than winners among government departments and programs.
Some programs would tread water: WIC grants — money to states for health care

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PSC approves higher water, wastewater rates for Utilities Inc. customers

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved nearly $558 million in water and wastewater rate increases for Utilities Inc. of Florida customers in 10 counties, but some customers would receive refunds.
The new rates are intended to be temporary, to keep the company solvent pending further review of its finances and operating expenses by commission staff.
The vote followed the board’s approval on Oct. 11 of a limited 5.5 percent water rate increase for Pasco County customers, to finance the conversion to county water.
The utility’s supplies there have failed to meet state and federal quality standards.
And the vote came while

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Water rate hike approved for Pasco community, but with string attached

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
State regulators approved a 5.5 percent increase in water rates Tuesday for residents of a Pasco County retirement community.
But Utilities Inc. of Florida can apply the new rates only after it switches from its own discolored, malodorous and nasty-tasting supply to cleaner county water.
The new rates will amount to $48,235 per year — an average $2 per customer per month — once the Florida Department of Environmental Protection finds that the water supply meets state and federal standards.
“We want to make sure they have clean water by Christmas,” Flip Mellinger, a utilities administrator for Pasco County, said after the

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