PBCTP Co-Hosts Palm Beach Gardens Forum on 2/28

Join us for an evening of in-depth discussion of city issues with the candidates for the March 14th election in Groups 1, 3 and 5 at the Gardens Branch of the County Library. With nine candidates vying for three open seats this year, it should be a lively discussion.

Gun Show 2/11

The Palm Beach County Tea Party actively supports the monthly fairgrounds gun show. We consider the show as a great opportunity to meet & greet many many conservative, pro protective firearms ownership locals. We have a table at each show that is staffed by Tea Party members, including some very firearms knowledgeable members. We also have information about the Tea Party’s goals and tenets. In addition, we welcome discussions and questions about current national and world events.

The next show is next weekend. It starts on Saturday; February 11th at nine A.M. There will also be a show starting at ten A.M. on Sunday.

Hope To See You There!

Joe Burge,PE

Action Alert – Thank your Legislators for the Rail Bill

ACTION ALERT
We have just had 2 very important bills filed in the Florida Senate and House.

They Are: Senate Bill 386 (High Speed Rail Safety Act); House Bill 269 (High Speed Passenger Rail).

These bills require the Florida Dept. of Transportation to supervise and require companies to:

  • Construct, Maintain and Repair their needed infrastructure
  • Construct and Maintain Fences;
  • Be Liable for certain Damages and be Responsible for Certain Improvements/Upgrades;
  • Be Responsible for Administrative Fines, Suits and Legal Costs;
  • Comply with minimum Safety Requirements & Reporting;
  • Comply with Federal Laws & Regulations;
  • Authorizes local governments to enact certain railroad speed limits.

I said important! These requirements will help save our communities, many life’s and put the costs on the back of the railroads. This is what we have been asking for many years.

Please Help! These bills will soon be assigned to committees and voted on.

WOULD YOU PLEASE CALL THE CO-SPONSORS OF THESE BILLS AND THANK THEM!

To write bills like these is very difficult, legally arduous and a real threats to the big money railroad proponents.
Indeed these Representatives Are Brave. Also if you ask them to keep you up to date as these bills go through committees, They Will.

District Office Phone Numbers:

  • Sen. Mayfield (321)-409-2025
  • Rep. Magar (772) 545-3481
  • Rep. Harrell (772) 221-4011
  • Rep. Grall (772) 778-5055
  • Sen. Joe Negron, Pres. of Sen. (772) 219-1665


Thank you for your help! It is important to let our legislature know that we appreciate what they are doing for us.

Rally at Bill Nelson’s Office January 10

Palmbeach County TeaParty and TeaParty Patriots are working together in 2017, please join us as we WORK to get Senator Jeff Sessions nomination for Attorney General approved.
Rally at Senator Bill Nelson’s office in West Palm Beach.

Where:
413 Clematis Street
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(map)

When:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Use this Link to Register (EventBrite)

Please join us for this Rally. Getting Mr. Trump elected was the first step. Now he needs his Amazing Team to get through the nomination process, and for that, PE Trump needs our help!

Please create your own Posters. We will have some Poster Board and Markers!

VOTE NO on the SALES TAX

Shortly, the Economic Council and others will be spending over $200,000 to convince you that the county sales tax should be raised to 7%. You will hear that the infrastructure is crumbling, that the children are sweating in their classrooms with broken air conditioners, that the roads have potholes and the bridges are falling down. You will hear that a sales tax is good because 25% of it will come from tourists, and that tens of thousands of jobs will be created to rebuild those roads and bridges, county buildings, the jail and the parks.

Don’t be fooled. This 17% increase in the sales tax will generate much more revenue than is arguably needed to repair the infrastructure that was neglected by conscious choices of county staff and commission. Over the last 5 years, the ad-valorem budget has grown 33%, yet Engineering and Public Works only saw a 3% growth. At the same time, the Sheriff’s budget grew by 28% and county employees saw 12% in across the board raises (3% / year for 4 years). These conscious choices indicate that those running our county and school system were willing to defer maintenance until a pitch could be made for a new source of revenue.

A bond issue could have funded the critical needs. Instead, they want a sales tax that will generate $2.7B over 10 years whether it is needed or not. Do not doubt that they will spend every penny.

10 important reasons to reject the sales tax question on the upcoming ballot:

1. A 17% increase in the sales tax is a net tax increase of $270M per year, with no offsets to property taxes.

2. It is regressive and will affect low income residents the hardest.

3. It is not subject to the scrutiny applied to the annual ad-valorem budget.

4. It creates an incentive to purchase outside the county (Both Broward and Martin are at 6%, many internet retailers do not collect sales tax).

5. It is not an “infrastructure maintenance tax” but includes many new capital projects.

6. Unlike an infrastructure bond that would raise just enough money for critical needs, this granular tax generates a specific amount of money, and low priority projects will have to be funded in order to spend it all. Like previous proposals, it is a grab-bag of projects, many of which would never be done without a “must spend” windfall.

7. Charter schools get nothing.

8. Many of the municipalities (PBG, Boca) didn’t want the money.

9. It comes on top of the largest ad-valorem tax haul at the county level in history, up 8.2% over last year and up 33% since 2012. If passed, the 2017 equivalent tax hike would be 18%.

10. Over the last 5 years, the county has consistently underfunded engineering and public works (+3%), while increasing the Sheriff’s budget by 28% and giving across the board raises to employees of 12% (3%/year for 4 years). When the overall ad-valorem budget increased by 33%, engineering saw a total of 3% in 5 years. This was a conscious choice.

Don’t be an enabler!

VOTE NO ON THE SALES TAX ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

Patriot Ride for Trump – sign wave

The Trump campaign is in need of sign wavers for the Jupiter location at the corner of Indiantown Road and Jupiter Farms Rd. (Publix shopping ctr.) on Oct. 8th for only about an hour or so starting at 10:30am. These folks would be our greeters and cheerers. As the Patriot Veterans and Bikers arrive we would like to show them support for the support they are riding for Mr. Trump and the Connected Warriors.

Mast – Perkins CD18 Debate

The first televised debate between Brian Mast and Randy Perkins has been rescheduled for October 17th at Palm Beach State College. Tickets are free and open to the public, but you must register ahead of time and pick up the tickets ahead of time. I hope you can join us and show your support for Brian.
Tickets already picked up for the original date are still valid.
Click Here to Get Debate Tickets
What
Congressional District 18 debate hosted by The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce
When
Monday October 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Auditorium Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Auditorium Doors Close
(Due to the live broadcast, guests arriving after this time will not be allowed inside the auditorium)
7:00 p.m. Debate Begins

Where
Palm Beach State College Eissey Theatre
11051 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

The debate will air live on WPEC CBS12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the West Palm Beach television market, which is comprised of households in Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. It is the 38th largest television market in the nation including 825 thousand TV Households and more than 1.5 million Adults 18+.

Thank you,
Alex Melendez
Brian Mast for Congress
Cell: 727-692-3212
Click Here to Get Debate Tickets

Sales Tax Referendum Gathering Steam

The county commission will vote Tuesday whether to ask the voters to raise the county sales tax from 6% to 7%. After aborted attempts in 2012 and 2014, when a majority of the board thought the proposal was “half baked” and the need not urgent enough to convince the voters to cough up several billion over ten years, this time no one will say that the proposal hasn’t been finely tuned.

Rally at the Rails

JOIN US IN PROTEST AGAINST AAF/BRIGHTLINE’S
HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAINS

The “Move ‘em West – Rally at the Rails” will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11am at six railroad crossings simultaneously on the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County.

Rallies will be held near rail crossings in Micco, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart and two locations in Palm Beach. Protest signs will be available at the locations.
Residents will protest on the sidewalks (100 feet from the crossings) and share their anger that profits are being put above safety with the dangers posed by AAF/Brightline’s 32 daily high-speed trains along with the transportation of hazardous chemicals on the freight line.
Let your voices be heard!

Join us by the rails on March 19 at 11am and tell the companies – move your trains west!

CROSSING LOCATIONS: Click location for google map
MIcco: Barefoot RR Crossing * Protest at 10am
Vero Beach: Rt. 60 Crossings (on the Twin Pairs),11am
Ft. Pierce:  Indian River and Seaway Drives by the Yacht Club,11am
Stuart: Indian Street and Federal Hwy,11am
Palm Beach County: 2 locations,11am
Northlake Blvd & Alt. A1A , & Jupiter Indiantown Rd & Alt. A1A

For More Information: 
Call 772-713-0909 or email susanm@ersmd.com

 

Citizens Against The Train
Fighting Non-stop to Stop All Aboard Florida

Rally and Concert to Fight the Trains – April 9

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