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To everyone who attended the Blue Wave Workshop on Saturday. It was enthusiastic and fun
and the energy around the room was incredible. We have our goals. Now to work!
Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Meet at the HQ office, 345 Cortez Rd W.
(Map is on the Contact page)
All Democrats are welcome.
Come to the Fund Raiser
March 13, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
River Strand Golf & Country Club
7155 Grand Estuary Trail, Bradenton, 34212
For more information:
Manatee Democratic Party needs your time, talent and enthusiasm. Attend a club meeting, find out how to help, and "be the change you want to see."
Contact a candidate to offer your experience and skills -- to write, phone, research, web design -- ask how to help.
As a Precinct Captain, you have an opportunity to be personally involved in making a positive political difference. Learn more about your local community, meet new and interesting people, and get out the vote.
The Manatee County School Board has proposed a one mill property tax increase which will be decided by voters on March 20.
Supporters of the referendum point to the critical need to increase teacher salaries. Opponents believe that long time financial mismanagement has caused the problem and will not be helped by new tax.
Watch both sides debate the issue at the Tiger Bay Club meeting Feb. 15.
"Republicans will never do anything about gun control. . . [they] are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today."
David Jolly, former Republican Congressman for Pinellas county, had a message for Democrats on Thursday.
Florida Forever funding
For fiscal 2018, Governor Rick Scott has budgeted just $50 million in funding for Florida Forever. And while a bill for $100 million was passed unanimously in the state Senate in January, there are no hearings scheduled in the House.
It is worth remembering that from 1999 - 2008 the program received $300 million a year on average. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 in 2014 in an effort to restore that level of funding. But nothing at all was allocated in fiscal 2017, as FF took a back seat to the need for the new reservoir at Lake Okeechobee.
Amendment #4 on the November ballot will be for Restoration of Voting Rights for felons who have completed their sentences.
In addition, there will be 3 other issues to decide:
#1 - Taxes: Set a 10% cap on assessment increases for certain property
#2 - Taxes - Allow a new homestead exemption for property over $100K
#3 - Gambling - Restrict authorization of casino gambling to voter initiatives, not through Legislative action.
Every 20 years the Florida constitution is reviewed and revised with the purpose of keeping it relevant. And 2018 is a Revision Year. The Commission -- chosen almost entirely by our Republican Governor and Legislature, and chaired by developer Carlos Beruff -- has been meeting since early 2017. Their final decisions will be submitted for voter approval through a slate of Amendments on the November ballot.
Good resource: www.floridabar.org/public/crc