Florida Amendments Failed on Style and Substance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Style as well as substance likely played a role in the rejection by Florida voters of eight of 11 proposed state constitutional amendments.
The Republican-dominated Legislature put all 11 on Tuesday's ballot. Most were designed to advance the GOP's agenda.
The three amendments that won 60 percent approval needed to pass were comparatively simple and easy to understand. Also, they offered property tax breaks targeted to groups that are difficult to oppose: disabled veterans, low-income seniors and spouses of military personnel and first responders who have died while on duty.
The amendments that went down were complex, lengthy and hard to understand.
Most dealt with hotly contested issues including abortion, taxpayer funding of religious organizations, "Obamacare," capping state revenue and tax breaks for businesses and owners of second homes.


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