Florida Public Employees
December 13, 2013
Florida’s charter school zealots vowed to go after the republican senators who voted against parent trigger earlier this year and are using the Koch brothers money to do it. The campaigns are targeted against Sen. Greg Evers (Milton), Sen. Nancy Deter (Sarasota) and Sen. Charlie Dean (Inverness). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Jeremy Wallace reports on the reason the group is dissatisfied with Detert:
The ads blast Detert for supporting tax breaks for sports facilities and spring training sites such as the Ed Smith Sports Complex in Sarasota to keep teams in Florida. Senate Bill 306, cited by the ads, created an application process allowing teams to apply for a pot of $15 million in annual sports incentive money.
Detert, who represents all of Sarasota County and part of Charlotte, backed that bill, but opposed giving direct support to sports franchises for stadiums such as the Miami Dolphins’. Detert said she has supported past taxpayer funding for spring training stadiums and for the Nathan Benderson Rowing Park in Sarasota because they create jobs and boost the tourism economy.
Still, O’Brien characterized Detert’s vote as support for tax giveaways and corporate welfare.
O’Brien said Detert was a target because she voted against a pension reform bill last spring and an education reform bill that would haveallowed private charter schools to more easily take over failing public schools, and backed a plan to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage to more of the poor in Florida.
Tax giveaways and corporate welfare? What do you call that cozy little tax shifting to a school voucher fund is that corporations execute? And pay no attention to all those taxpayer dollars that go to testing corporations. The wording in the TV spots are far more misleading as the senators are accused of voting against helping kids in failing schools.
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