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TABOR tussle ahead

by John Kennedy | March 3rd, 2011

With the Florida Senate poised to approve a strict state spending cap possibly as early as next week’s opening days of the legislative session, opponents are trying to marshal forces.

The League of Women Voters warns that the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) that Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, is looking to put before voters next year could doom Florida to years of inadequate financing of health and social service programs.

Critics say the state’s tough revenue picture is only going to get more brutal if TABOR is OK’d by voters.

“This is like telling people who are dying of thirst in the desert that they need to have flood insurance,” said Ben Wilcox, a league lobbyist.

Florida already has a revenue cap in the state constitution, approved by voters in 1994. But the latest proposal tightens it from being based on personal income growth to a new standard tied to population growth and inflation, while also limiting future borrowing.

It doesn’t apply to cities and counties. 

 Colorado approved the nation’s first TABOR in 1992, but later suspended it do to government cash-flow problems.  Haridopolos, a candidate for U.S. Senate, says TABOR is needed to restrain state government — especially when the recession eases and tax collections return to earlier levels.

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5 Responses to “TABOR tussle ahead”

  1. Sid Says:

    PLEASE pass it in Tallahassee and then extend its reach int Palm Beach County.
    Our County Commission is incapable of cutting taxes.

  2. monkeysauce Says:

    These spending caps are a good thing. Government needs to have tougher limits on spending, period. Good to see Haridopolous taking this up and seeing it through.

  3. Kelly Says:

    Government has mortgaged away my future with all this spending, and there are STILL people who think capping spending is a BAD thing? Some people can never learn. Haridopolis is doing the right thing with this CONSERVATIVE bill. Can’t wait to vote for it next year.

  4. papabear Says:

    Someone’s got to set an example for DC. Thanks to Haridopolos, FL will be that example.

  5. John Says:

    Good idea? Once a cap is reached the state may not accept any more funds to pay for hurrican devestation or other disasters. How will that be financed? Colorado suspended TABOR, why is Florida even thinking about it?

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