Friday, June 12, 2009

Governor bans Cooper City tax dollars for politics

Governor Crist, on Wednesday, signed a bill (SB 216) to keep your hard earned and wantonly spent tax dollars, and any public funds for that matter, from being spent on political advertisements by your city and the commission. Thank you Governor Crist and Senator Charlie Justice!

This is a long overdue Bill that now puts the kibosh on the spending of public funds for political agenda's by the city regarding advertisements concerning an issue, referendum, or amendment that is subject to a vote of the electors.

The Bill states that "...A local government or a person acting on behalf of local government may not expend or authorize the expenditure of and a person or group may not accept, public funds for a political advertisement or electioneering communication concerning an issue, referendum, or amendment that is subject to a vote of the electors."

What a great law this is! I, for one, am fed up with seeing how government haphazardly spends our money to push their political causes. This Bill is long overdue, and I was certain that the counties and cities lobbying very hard to defeat it may have prevailed. Fortunately the Governor didn't cave in to the political pressure, and did the right thing.

I am proud to have supported this Bill while in Tallahassee earlier this year, due to the fact that I believe that our local government should not be expending our tax dollars on issues that may not be agreeable to you, nor should the local government be spending our money on issues that may (usually) benefit(s) some person, commissioner, city department or a vendor, either financially or politically.

The Bill "does not preclude an elected official of the local government from expressing an opinion on any issue at any time" as long as taxpayer funds are not used to convey their opinion.

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