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Economic analyst Hank Fishkind
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Amendment 5


Florida voters face a number of amendments on the ballot this fall-including Amendment 5. The proposed amendment would require a two thirds majority vote in each chamber of the Florida legislature to enact new taxes and fees or increase existing ones. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells 90.7’s Matthew Peddie what’s really needed is an overhaul of the tax system.
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Scott Taylor saved this land from development by buying it himself. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Environmentalists Criticize Conservation Spending Proposals


When the Florida Legislature reconvenes in two weeks in a special session centered on the state budget a large part of the debate will be about Amendment 1. That’s the state constitutional amendment that mandates a 20-year, $22-billion conservation effort, the nation’s largest ever. Seventy-five percent of voters supported the amendment in November. But now environmentalists say lawmakers want to spend the money in ways voters never intended.
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