Florida business executives launch fundraiser in opposition to Amendment 4
TALLAHASSEE, Florida: The Florida general election is about five months away but already campaigns for the nine constitutional amendments scheduled to appear on the ballot are getting underway. Yesterday business executives launched a fundraiser at YOLO Restaurant in opposition of Amendment 4. The fundraiser was hosted by the Broward Workshop, a group of business leaders. According to reports, AutoNation executive Mike Jackson and JM Family Enterprises executive Colin Brown each gave about $50,000. The Broward Workshop donated $100,000.
Amendment 4, like several of the measures on the ballot, has been a controversial issue since the beginning. The initiated constitutional amendment proposes to require voter approval of all changes to local comprehensive land-use plans. Currently, county and city commissioners make comprehensive plan change decisions. In order to pass the amendment needs at least 60% of the total votes. Supporters say, ""Rising taxes, falling home values... are just some of the devastating consequences of Florida politicians’ habit of rubberstamping speculative plan changes. Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 changes all that by giving voters veto power over these changes to your community’s master plan for growth." Opponents, however, argue that the proposed amendment could cost the state billions of dollars in lost economic opportunities and that it will make Florida's recession permanent.
- Florida 2010 ballot measures
- 2010 ballot measures
- Florida Hometown Democracy Land Use, Amendment 4 (2010)
- Sun Sentinel, "Business leaders, neighborhood activists clash over ballot issue on growth," June 9, 2010
- Examiner,'Ballot initiative: Florida voters to decide Constitutional Amendment on building and development," May 14, 2010
- Florida Hometown Democracy, "Main Page," accessed March 11, 2010
- Highlands Today, "Hometown Democracy expected on 2010 ballot," June 9,2009 (dead link)