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The buzz on vouchers



Well, that didn't take long. Our sister blog the Buzz is reporting that the court arguments over Amendment 7 and Amendment 9 have concluded without a ruling, as expected.

Ron Meyer, the lawyer representing the Florida Education Association, contended that the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission had no business putting voucher-related amendments before the voters.

"What's this got to do with taxation or the state budgetary process? Absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada," Meyer told the judge. "It's so far beyond the reach of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission that it can't be approved by this court."

Solicitor General Scott Makar, meanwhile, defended the commission's efforts.

"Where is there a substantive limitation?" Makar asked, gesturing toward a blowup of the law that creates the tax panel. "The TBRC can go wherever it wants to go."

See the full report here.

In related news, the Buzz also notes that the daughter of Wal-Mart's founder has contributed $836,000 toward the political group pushing the voucher amendments. See more here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]


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