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A 'call to action' for Pinellas teachers



Emptypockets The bad economic news coming out of Tallahassee has the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association more than a little worried.

"Our grave concerns regarding district finances are quickly becoming our daily reality. Reports from Tallahassee and today's Revenue Estimating Conference are staggering," PCTA president Kim Black wrote Friday in an e-mail alert to members.

The estimates are worse than ever, Black writes, and for Pinellas they "translate to a doubling of the previous projected shortfall to Pinellas schools."

What to do?

"E-mail (lawmakers) and urge their support of measures that generate additional revenue," Black writes. "Measures such as:

  • The passage of HB731 and SB2582, which would raise the state's sales tax by one-cent for the next three years, totaling 3.5 billion dollars for public schools, community colleges and universities;
  • Finalizing the Seminole Gaming Compact;
  • Closing the Internet sales tax loophole;
  • Increasing tax on the sale of cigarettes or review, and
  • Closing sales tax loopholes on certain services."

The legislators hear from Black almost daily. "I am requesting that you add your voice to mine," she writes.

Lawmakers certainly have heard this message repeatedly already. No telling what being inundated by more letters saying the same might do. Stay tuned.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:17am]


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