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Education groups join opposition to Florida Amendment 3



Tampa area teachers and school district officials are joining the list of opponents to the Florida Legislature's efforts to create a "taxpayers bill of rights" in the state constitution.

Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin and Hillsborough 2010 teacher of the year Megan Allen are slated to speak out against Amendment 3 during a Thursday morning news conference organized by the No On 3 campaign. They are expected to talk about the negative effects that they believe schools would feel if the amendment, which would tie increases in state revenue directly to inflation and population changes, becomes law.

Lawmakers proposed the measure, which the Florida Chamber of Commerce has endorsed, as a way to limit the growth of state government.

The anti-Amendment 3 group is growing, and amping up its pressure, as election day nears. It contends that the proposal, based on a similar law that Colorado enacted in 1992 and voters suspended in 2005, would "only result in cuts on top of cuts to things we care about, like schools, roads, health care and programs that support seniors."

Check out the bill that put Amendment 3 on the Florida ballot. What's your take on the idea, and the philosophical battle between lower taxes and the reduced services that result? Learn more about all the ballot amendments on the Times new reference page.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 9:30am]


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