August 27, 2014

election 2010

Hometown Democracy vs. the Anti-Amendment

Amendment 4 will loom over all other statewide issues until voters cast their ballots in November.

Mike Vogel | 3/1/2010
Economic Atmosphere, Then and Now
When Amendment 4 was filed in 2003, economic conditions were quite different.
2003 Now

Unemployment

5.1% 11.8%

Population

17 million 18.3 million

Value of Construction Starts

Starts in Florida $49.7 billion $26.5 billion
Source: McGraw-Hill Construction

Other Amendments

Five other amendment proposals will be on the November ballot:

  • One is a tax credit for deployed military.
  • One does away with public campaign financing for statewide office seekers.
  • One limits how fast assessed values on non-homestead property can increase and gives a homestead break to first-time home buyers.
  • Two try to end political party- or incumbent-driven gerrymandering in drawing legislative and congressional districts (see the article "Party Lines").

Tags: Politics & Law, Government/Politics & Law, Housing/Construction

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