Sen. Charlie Justice on budget challenges

02/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday a tax panel that can put reforms on the ballot announced a plan that would cap the amount of taxes and fees that could be collected by Florida’s cities, counties and school districts.

It’s one of several proposals expected to be issued this week by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, the bipartisan group of non-elected officials who convene every two decades to try to revamp the state’s system of funding.

This particular proposal is receiving a thumbs down from local and school board officials, who said it would freeze Florida in its position as 37th in the nation in teacher salaries.

Wayne Blanton, President of the Florida Association of School Boards told the Miami Herald that such a proposal would make Florida below average in Florida, and be "proud of it, and it keeps us there."

Democrat Charlie Justice represents Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in the state Senate. He told WMNF he doesn’t know much about this particular plan, but he’s not impressed by what he’s heard.

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