George Gibbs Center for Economic Prosperity

08/12/02 – Proposed Sales Tax Amendmen⁠t⁠ Should No⁠t⁠ be Passed

By: The James Madison Institute / August 12, 2002

The 2002 Florida legislature approved a constitutional amendment that will appear on the November 2002 ballot that, if approved by the voters, would create a 12-member legislative committee to review all sales tax exemptions over a period of three years. Floridians should vote against this amendment. Nothing would be gained from its passage, but it would create substantial disadvantages for the state. The issue is complicated enough and the ballot language will be obscure enough that many voters will consider this amendment without fully understanding its implications. For this reason, it is important to review this proposed amendment’s implications, to present them to voters, and to show why the amendment should not be passed.