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There's no room for mistakes in tourism funding

It's a familiar Aesop's Fables, but it appears Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has never read The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.

Corcoran, perhaps to boost his name recognition for a gubernatorial run, continues to make headlines in his quest to withdraw state funding from Visit Florida. Even more amazing, Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, went against his area's own tourism interest in a House subcommittee vote last week.

This zero-funding approach has failed spectacularly in other states, and advocates say if a similar move results in even a 5 percent drop in Florida visitors, the outcome would be a loss of $5.5 billion in revenue, $563 million in taxes and 70,000 jobs.

Critics say government should not pick winners and losers, but here's the reality: Visit Florida helps the state back a proven winner, its biggest winner. It doesn't provide tourism success, it strengthens it in a volatile time when we can't afford to play games with the economy.

Save the goose.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Stand Up For What's Right, Even If You Stand Alone. . . .

Kudos to Dynasty, Tampa's cool hip-hop rapper, for addressing the Poynter Institute's Write Field program on Saturday. She mesmerized with impromptu raps and sage advice. Check her out at yagirldy.com. . . .

Connie Boger brings enthusiasm to her job of overseeing the Florida State Fair's "Mooternity Ward" and petting zoo. She's witnessed a calf being born, and one of her goats gave birth during the trip down from her Arkansas headquarters with her husband and partner, Bunky. But her enthusiasm wasn't enough to get me to hold one of the baby goats.

That's all I'm saying.

There's no room for mistakes in tourism funding 02/12/17 [Last modified: Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:03pm]
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