Amendment Three: Wise Choice or Not

Pastor Kevin Thorpe came to the Capital from Gainesville to protest Amendment Three. "Make certain that the citizens of Florida are aware of how dangerous Amendment three is".

His church organization is one of more than a half dozen. The retired, police, fire, teachers, pastors and others who say Amendment three will be bad for Florida.

Richard Dunn is a Miami Pastor. "It will not be good for our children. It will not be good for our seniors."

Amendment three limits what state lawmakers can spend based on a formula of consumer prices and population. Colorado is the only other state to adopt the spending cap. “It has failed miserably". But Colorado suspended its cap in 2009.

Dr. Jeannette Baust, a Colorado Professor, business leaders were the first to publicly dislike the cap. "It was really the business community that began to come forward and saying we are not recovering from our recession like all the states around us. Our hands are tied in terms of offering corporations breaks".

Ironically, businesses in Florida support the cap; but they're not actively campaigning for it.

The state Legislature already has all the power it needs to make these cuts by themselves, so in some ways it is like saying - save us from ourselves. David Alexander is a Pensacola police officer. "When we call 911 are we going to get a police or fire or EMS response or will we be put on hold because the funds are just not there".

The Amendment requires a 60 percent margin of victory to become a part of the state's Constitution.

One estimate suggests, Amendment three would have no impact on revenue until 2020. Another prediction suggests, it would force cuts of 11 billion over the next decade. Amendment three, like the other ten amendments up for a vote, was placed on the ballot by state lawmakers.


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