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Push for the penny tax



With buckets of pennies at their feet, Democrats today pushed a proposal to add a penny to the state sales tax for three years with the revenue going to plug huge holes in education funding.

"Aren’t our students worth at least a penny?" said Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, which hosted the news conference.

Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, is the primary House sponsor and Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Delray Beach, has the companion bill.

Said Bullard: "We can’t have the conversation about increased standards and not begin to address the issues of increasing the funding, of providing revenues that will help alleviate the burdens of teachers, administrators, school boards, school systems, etc."

It was the second big education idea of the day. Put them both together and you get a road divided.

Amy Hollyfield, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:18am]


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