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Court Axes Religious Freedom and Voucher Amendments

September 3rd, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida Supreme Court also took 2 education related amendments off the November ballot today. Amendment 7 would have ended the state prohibition of public monies being spent at religious institutions. Amendment 9 would have re-instituted vouchers for private schools. Both were found to be misleading because, like the tax swap amendment, the amendments did not give voters a clear picture of what the ultimate impact of the amendments would be. Andy Ford of the Florida Education Association says the court made the right decision.

This is a voucher issue. This has nothing to do with taxation or budget processes. This is purely vouchers and it is deceptive because it never uses the word.

Both amendments were offered by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, making it 0 for 3 before the Supreme Court. The teachers union says the court has sent a clear statement that drafters can not mask the clear intent of their proposals.

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