WUFT News

Bob Graham Supports A New Environmental Conservation Amendment

By on July 24th, 2013

Bob Graham wants to make sure there’s an amendment placed on the November 2014 ballot that ensures Florida spends money on land and water conservation, management and restoration.

He and Progress Florida are working with Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign on the amendment to the state constitution.

It would put a third of documentary stamp tax funds into the state budget for the next 20 years, specifically for funding conservation that protects Florida’s remaining ecosystems. There will not be an increase in taxes because funds will come from already-existent tax revenue.

“Critically important in Florida is that our whole economy here is based on tourism,” said Damien Filer, political director for Progress Florida. “So if we don’t have clean beaches for people to come to and have parks and natural spaces, then we don’t have an economy here in our state, either.”

Filer said the campaign is going very well, and if they continue receiving the amount of support they have seen so far, the amendment will be on the Florida 2014 ballot.

If passed, the amendment would go into effect July 1, 2015.


This entry was posted in Environment and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Mike

    I’m just wondering from where the money will come, schools, health care…

  • Bill

    Mike – the money will come from documentary stamp receipts from the sale of real estate.

 

More Stories in Environment

VIDEO: Horse Protection Association Of Florida

Because of flooding on 150 acres of Micanopy land, the Horse Protection Association of Florida is in need of dry land for its rescues. A suitable area was found for 23 of the horses, but HPAF’s Morgan Silver worries about organizing the funds to continue paying rent.


Horse

Small-Scale Horse Operations Guide to Protect Florida Water

The Florida Department of Education released a manual for small-scale horse operation best management practices in order to help preserve the state’s water resources.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

State Targets Growing Feral Swine Problem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new $20 million program, designed to stop the growth of feral swine, began this month. Florida received $400,000 on Monday.


Officials Ensure Energy Prices Will Not Rise With New Coal Ban

Locals are reacting to the possibility of a utility rate increase that would accompany Gainesville’s possible switch away from mountaintop coal removal.


Swallowtail_one

Food Safety Guidelines Could Alter Sustainable Farm

A new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by the FDA may pose a challenge to farmers who are using an alternative fertilizer.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments