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Tea party asks lawmakers to pledge no harm to businesses



Florida lawmakers received an e-mail Monday from the Tea Party in Action asking them to sign a pledge vowing no new taxes and "no harm to Florida's small businesses and job creators."

The pledge, circulated by Marianne Moran of West Palm Beach, has a deadline of March 15 at 5 p.m. "All pledges not received by us by that time will be graded as a pledge denied," Moran wrote in the e-mail.

Here's the pledge and the note that went along with it:

Dear Florida Legislator:

Thank you for serving in public office, and the sacrifice that you and your family are making to build a better Florida. On the bottom of this letter is the Tea Party in Action’s 2011 legislative pledge for every legislator in the Florida Senate and House to sign and return as a promise to balance Florida’s budget with no tax increases before session begins.

The results of the pledge will be distributed as a legislative report card to over 130 Tea Party, 9/12, and Patriot groups across the state of Florida. We will be releasing our ratings to the media, and also actively educating our fellow Floridians on the need for fiscal discipline and accountability in government. The pledge is being distributed to all legislators in the Florida Senate and the Florida House.

Please complete the pledge and return to:

Marianne Moran, Executive Director, Tea Party in Action


I, ___________________

pledge to balance Florida’s budget with no new tax increases and no harm to Florida’s small businesses and job creators.


Signature of Legislator (not valid unless signed)


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:13pm]


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