New Legislative session, same tired rehearsed solutions.
It's hard to explain the madness afflicting Floridan Republican Leadership since the state has the highest foreclosure rates, plummeting wages,
lowest in the nation educational results, and highest drop out rates...
What's the solution? Easy ! Florida Republicans have a simple cookie cutter solution... tax cuts. Its easy since they only have one strategy, so they roll it out without even being asked? And in case you forget why, last year when you were being promised a painfree property tax rebate and were assured it would have no impact. OOPS it did.
Now all the while Florida Republicans were delivering for their lobbyist employers by cutting corporate taxes and approving new juicy tax give-aways, they decided to throw a bone to Florida home owners, (a rapidly shrinking demographic to be sure .) So, they offered mortgage holders a teeny weenie property tax cut along with the standard issue republican assurances. There would be no pain, and no tangible impact. Everything would be just fine, watch this hand.
Because using standard issue republic shell game #2007 - they steer the burden and the pain down to the Counties and Municipalities to either collect the taxes locally or make the REAL HARD CUTS.
OOPS, did they just shift the costs or really just who becomes the "taxing" bogeyman. Well now the "painless" cuts actually appear. Insufficient, oh, so they still need to cut budgets at the state level? Now appearing New "pain-free " cuts to higher education with new and improved Tuition Hikes and Fresh Cuts to the already underfunded state university system. "Still Crumbling " I heard them say.
Maybe later they will explain it like this "Since we're already 50th in the US in high school graduates, we have nothing to fear our position at the bottom, will remain unchallenged."
Our fearless Florida Democrats although still (temporarily) numbered try to bring some fiscal sensibility to Florida State Budgets by suggesting Considering not just more of the traditional republican response of Cuts to Services, but by suggesting that the Florida Legislature might want to revisit state policies that give Giant Corporations a pass on paying their fair share of Florida Taxes.
It stands to reason, with joblessness and foreclosures climbing depending on a sales tax based budget, some generous Corporate Welfare Benefits might need some judicious trimming as well