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Hillsborough’s transportation loss is a blow for the entire region

This article represents the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board.

The Florida Supreme Court’s decision Thursday invalidating Hillsborough County’s transportation tax was simply stunning — for what it said about the court’s legal reasoning, for its contempt of the voters, and for the court’s willingness to let the legal arena settle a purely political question. Hillsborough County residents are the big losers, now that billions of dollars in transportation improvements have been wiped from the table. But the entire region stands to suffer unless Hillsborough moves quickly to win again at the ballot box in 2022.

The court,

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