Florida Education Association head calls for new sales tax

10/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
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This morning, Florida Education Association President Andy Ford proposed a short-term increase in the state’s sales tax dedicated to all levels of public schools.

Speaking at the FEA’s annual Delegate Assembly in Tampa, Ford noted that public schools had undergone drastic cuts over the last two school years and that the temporary sales tax increase would tide public schools over until the state economy improved.

Democrat Bill Heller represents St Petersburg in the Florida House of Representatives. Saying "desperate times require desperate means," he supports Ford’s call for a short-term sales tax for education.

But if the incoming House Speaker has any say, the FEA's propsal has no chance.

Ray Sansom of Destin told the Miami Herald earlier this week that he has no interest in raising taxes, saying, “I have three children in public school. They’re getting as good or better an education this year than they’ve ever had. They’re as safe in their schools as they’ve ever been.”

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