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Charity hospitals bash tax-swap plan

Add the Florida Safety Net Hospital Alliance to the array of folks and groups that loathe Amendment 5, which proposes to eliminate state-required school property taxes in favor of potentially raising other taxes, cutting the budget and hiking the sales tax by a penny.

Joining a host of business groups and Republican and Democratic legislators alike, the alliance outlines all the reasons it opposes the amendment in an in-depth white paper authored by former Department of Revenue chief James Zingale.

Reading between the lines, the hospital group (which includes Jackson Memorial Hospital) has one major objection: It doesn't trust the Legislature to make wise taxation and spending decisions. But the study says far more than that:

Download snhaf_final_tax_swap_paper.pdf