Senator Mike Bennett wants to use tax dollars to campaign against Florida Hometown Democracy

The good news is that developers and politicians are so scared that FHD will pass it seems they will do anything to campaign against it. FHD supporters do not have taxpayer dollars or the Chamber of Commerce to fund a campaign in favor of it. Luckily the voters of Florida should be able to see that this amendment is well worth supporting and any effort made by the opposition like the Chamber of Commerce or Senator Bennett only exposes the very politicians and industry that put Florida in this mess in the first place. The fact that the same people that helped cause it are vehemently against FHD speaks volumes doesn't it?

You know it could also mean that if this passes politicians could spend your money pushing things like their choo choo in the form of a higher sales tax. Yep, spending your money campaigning to get you to tax yourself! WTF?

Remember to give yourself a vote on sprawl and vote yes to FHD in the 2010 elections. Politicians had their turn and the unchecked and costly sprawl is the result. George Niemann has a great post up about a recent meeting regarding FHD which gives you more information about it and exposes the players against it. You can also learn more on the official website.

You can tell our local politicians (who spend a fortune of your money on in-house lobbyists as well as contract lobbyists) that they better get informed on Mr. Bennett's effort to spend your money on his agenda and tell our lobbyists to do something to earn their money and block this effort in Tally. You can contact that circus act here. And if you live in Bradenton....WAKE UP! Please don't saddle Florida with Mr. Bennett again!

Senator Mike Bennett -R of Bradenton (developer and politician) is at it again. As if saddling the whole state with SB 360 last year (a bill that dismantled what little growth management Florida did have), an attempt to abolish the DCA (the state's planning agency) and then his proposal to extend term limits for state and local politicians wasn't enough, now he wants to reverse a law (SB 216) that prohibits government from using tax dollars to promote political agendas. Why? Florida Hometown Democracy (FHD) that is why. Looks like the developers and politicians are really getting their knickers in a knot about Amendment 4 (Florida Hometown Democracy) which gives Floridians a vote on sprawl and they are looking for a way to get you to fund their campaign against it! I wonder if the Chamber of Commerce which has largely funded the opposition to FHD is running out of money? Don't worry you give them a fortune through our local government as well.

George Niemann and I had the misfortune of seeing Bennett in action at a recent FHD debate in Sarasota last year and his contempt for FHD supporters on the panel was very telling. Now he wants to enable governments (like our County Commission) to spend tax dollars to push his agenda. Like they don't already piss away good money after bad on things like a mosquito plane that can't kill a mosquito, a luxury box for Jim Norman, expensive arbitrators for unwanted speed humps, expensive consultants for unwanted road widenings, and expensive opinions on how to sell public land to ourselves. Oh, and don't forget about the half a million for expensive Pimpin by a Commish! They really don't need help pissing away money Mr. Bennett!

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