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April 25th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

As one of its last acts, the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission voted to put two amendment on the November ballot dealing with vouchers. The Florida Supreme Court found unconstitutional a state program that allowed parents to enroll their children in religious schools with partial payment from the state. One amendment eliminates a 140 year old prohibition blocking state money going to religious institutions. The second re-authorizes vouchers. The ACLU has opposed both measures.

So the two combined essentially rips a hole in the law of separation between church and state, and says theres nothing wrong, in fact we encourage, the use of public money to fund parochial schools, private schools, faith-based institutions, Larry Spalding with the ACLU said.

Both proposals must be approved by voters and both require a 60 percent margin of approval.

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