My newly elected Governor – almost-felon Rick Scott – has big plans for Florida. First, he’s going to get those taxes reduced because, after all “census data ranked Florida’s tax burden [only*] 36th-lowest among 50 states, behind even Mississippi.”
* Hey Florida! We can do better than that! Let’s shoot for 46th! Who needs schools or courts for heaven’s sake?
“Scott’s plan would take Florida in a direction similar to California in 1978, when voters passed Proposition 13 . . . Proposition 13 capped property taxes and bred three decades of combat over paying for schools, police, fire protection andother government services.”
Proposition 13 also took the world’s 7th largest economy and sent it into a tailspin, the horrific results of which have been playing out for the last 32 years.
This just boggles the mind. I don’t think you could locate anyone today who would call Prop 13 a success. But Scott likes it fine and thinks my State is just the place to try it again.
The story, by the fine David Hackett, explores the possible outcomes now that the GOP has been swept into all the State offices and both houses of the legislature.