For Florida's upcoming November elections, most of the buzz has been about Amendment 2 -- the proposal that would legalize medical marijuana via an amendment to the state constitution. But there's another proposed amendment on the ballot -- one that would dedicate funds for conservation projects.
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Every time a person buys or sells property or files a deed, lien, or mortgage, the courts collect a small tax --- just 35 to 70 cents per $100 of the value. Funds collected from this documentary stamp tax have for decades, and under both Republican and Democratic governors, typically been used to fund conservation efforts.
But, says Will Abberger of the Tallahassee-based campaign Florida's Water and Land Legacy, "starting in 2009 with the recession, funding for conservation in Florida has been reduced by 95 percent" because legislators have poached this money and diverted it into the state's general fund, where it's been used on a host of projects -- but not conservation. More »