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File Number: 090228
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File Number: 090228 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-241-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING LEGISLATURE NOT CUT CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS Introduced: 1/29/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/3/2009
Agenda Date: 3/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A20
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO MAKE FURTHER CUTS TO PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN SUCH AS EDUCATION, CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE, CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SERVICES, AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND URGES THE LEGISLATURE INSTEAD TO ENACT TARGETED NEW REVENUE SOURCES DURING THE UPCOMING 2009 REGULAR SESSION
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/3/2009 11A20 Adopted P
REPORT: Hearing no objection, the Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009 2D Forwarded with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sorenson asked to be listed as a co-sponsor of this resolution. There being no further questions or comments, the committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 2/2/2009 Referred Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009

County Attorney 1/29/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/5/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO MAKE FURTHER CUTS TO PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN SUCH AS EDUCATION, CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE, CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SERVICES, AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND URGES THE LEGISLATURE INSTEAD TO ENACT TARGETED NEW REVENUE SOURCES DURING THE UPCOMING 2009 REGULAR SESSION

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature recently concluded a special session in which $2.3 billion in budget cuts were made to the state budget, including:
1. An approximately $500 million budget cut to education;

2. A $700 million diversion of funds from the Lawton Chiles Endowment, an endowment that provided critical funding for services to children;

3. A $190 million fund diversion from affordable housing trust funds, which in many cases provide housing to low income families with children;

4. A 6.2 percent budget cut to state agencies, some of which provide a safety net of services to children in the areas of health care and human services; and

WHEREAS, new revenue sources were not included in the Call for the recent Special Session, as such, the $2.3 billion budget gap was closed entirely by making state budget cuts and diverting trust fund revenues; and
WHEREAS, in addition to the $2.3 billion budget gap recently closed, current state revenue projections point toward another $3 to $4 billion budget gap for state fiscal year 20092010, which the Legislature is slated to address in the regular session that begins March 3; and
WHEREAS, education, health care and human services programs make up approximately two of every three dollars in the state budget, meaning that if new revenue sources are not considered during the upcoming regular session, it will be necessary to make additional, drastic cuts to education, health care, human services and affordable housing programs, all of which will disproportionately affect children; and
WHEREAS, Florida currently has the fourth lowest cigarette tax in the U.S, with only Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi having lower cigarette taxes, and tobacco-producing states, such as Virginia and North Carolina, having higher cigarette taxes than Florida when local options surtaxes are included; and
WHEREAS, the state Revenue Estimating Conference projects that raising Florida’s cigarette tax to $1 a pack would raise between $700 million and $1 billion annually, which would have entirely covered the funds diverted from the Lawton Chiles Endowment; and
WHEREAS, the state Revenue Estimating Conference also projects that better enforcement of existing sales tax laws on internet and catalog sales would generate an additional $1 to $3 billion annually; and
WHEREAS, closing existing sales tax exemptions and corporate tax loopholes could generate substantial additional revenue; and
WHEREAS, Florida is one of only three states in the U.S., for example, that exempts bottled water from sales tax, and closing Florida’s sales tax exemption on bottled water would generate an estimated $42.3 million annually; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature should look to new revenue sources to close the projected $3 to $4 billion budget gap for state fiscal year 2009-2010 so as to avoid further cuts to critically important education, health care, human services and affordable housing programs that impact children,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature not to cut programs that affect children such as education, health care, social services and affordable housing to close the state budget gap and urges the Legislature instead to enact targeted new revenue sources, including an increased tax on cigarettes, closing corporate tax loopholes, better enforcement of the existing sales tax on internet and catalog sales, and eliminating sales tax exemptions on products such as bottled water.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the MiamiDade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate the Florida Legislature not to cut programs that affect children and instead enact targeted new revenue sources, as set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2009 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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