Vote “NO” on Amendment 1

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Throughout the next 20 years, the amendment would siphon off approximately $19 billion from dedicated trust funds.

(According to the Department of Revenue)

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“Legislating via constitutional amendments doesn’t work in California and it shouldn’t work here!”

– SPEAKER WILL WEATHERFORD
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

“Imagine, if every group that wasn’t satisfied with the amount of funding their special program got during the recession decided to do a constitutional amendment and mandate a certain amount of spending, how impossible it would be to balance our state budget?”

– DAVID HART
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Florida Chamber has a long-standing position of opposing constitutional amendments that can be addressed by the legislature in statute or in the state budget. Amendment 1 redirects funds currently dedicated to existing trust funds into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years.

The Florida Chamber Opposes Amendment 1 Because It:

  • Forces the taxpayers of Florida to arbitrarily give the government control over more land than the state has the ability to manage and protect from invasive species.
  • Ties the hands of the Florida Legislature in the event of a future downturn in the economy.
  • Encourages other special interests to try to get their funding placed in the Constitution, potentially harming our elected state leaders’ ability to govern in a fiscally responsible way.
  • Is not a responsible or effective way of protecting Florida’s environmental resources.