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Pennies For Education

March 17th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida parents and teachers are bringing more than two point six million pennies to Tallahassee tomorrow. Each penny symbolizes a student in public schools. The idea is to graphically depict the teachers and parents push for a temporary three year, one-cent hike in the sales tax to fund schools. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says the three year hike will buy time to fix the state’s tax structure.

“What this does is it buys us time to be able to seriously take a look at Florida’s tax structure because we have to modernize,” Ford said. “The system that is in place right now was created in the 1940s. Florida is a vastly different society today than it was in 1940s.”

Busloads of parents from around the state will bring their pennies to the capitol for an 11am rally on Wednesday.

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