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No special session?

Rep. Joe Pickens, chairman of the House Schools and Learning Council, created a buzz throughout the Capitol on Wednesday when he told fellow lawmakers "if we have a special session...."

The comment immediately had people wondering whether or not the House was trying to send a message about the September special session _ which still has not been officially called by either legislative leaders or Gov. Charlie Crist. There is some speculation that lawmakers may be a bit peeved that Crist has yet to come up with his own recommendations on what should be cut in the state budget, yet has already said he would like to see certain things held harmless.

When asked about it Pickens insisted he wasn't trying to send any kind of message: "You're reading way too much into it."

But it's important to note: The Legislature does not have to cut the state budget right now. There's enough money in reserves to cover the projected shortfall for this year. Of course, if nothing is done now there will be a need to cut as much as $2.5 billion in the spring of 2008.


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check out the Rubio baby. I found it on a google search.



Dear Residents

The signers of the Declaration of Independence will never be forgotten. What they risked wasn’t less than their very lives. The result is all around us. It is the greatest nation on God’s green earth.

The Thirteenth Amendment (ratified December 1865) freed the slaves; the Fourteenth (July 1868), made them citizens; and the Fifteenth (February 1870) gave them – the men, at least – the right to vote and to take part in the affairs of government.

These Legislators will never be forgotten because they righted a wrong and stood up to tyranny.

The Fourteenth Amendment:

Section 1. “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

I charge that the Florida property tax system has violated this Amendment.

I also assert that the current system is blind because there isn’t any means test.

Under the current system, when property values rise, property taxes also follow. A rise in property value shouldn’t deprive one from his property, but under the current system of taxation there isn’t any link to the ability to pay taxes. So only the very wealthy can be assured future ownership.

This is not what was intended by any of our Founding Father or the Remarkable Legislators that passed this Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution. Any system that takes property from the hands of the people based upon their inability to pay tax is destructive. The people must not be deprived of their rights of ownership.

The Florida Legislature has been indifferent to our plight; citizens are responding at “www.FloridaBallotInitiative.com” print sign and mail the petitions!

Richard Charles Antolinez

Cynical Idealist

So, Richard Charles Antolinez....what does all that have to do with Rubio's new baby? Stick with the thread, Dick, or get off the board!

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