Carlos Lacasa, Miami attorney and chairman of the planning and budget reform committee of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, is prepared to take a broad view of what categories should be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Among his wish list: a review of term limits for legislators, a look at putting education vouchers into the constitution and allowing homeowners portability -- the ability to carry their Save Our Homes tax breaks with them to a new home.
The commission, originally created in 1990, was formed "at a time when a discussion by the legislature of politically charged issue like taxes and the state's budgeting process made it very difficult for growth decision to be made."
Term limits, vouchers and property taxes are now the politically charged issues of this decade, Lacasa said, and are ripe for review by the powerful commission. "I think our mandate is pretty broad,'' he said. "All these issues are too contentious for the legislative process. They have tried."