Florida's Session Begins Tuesday

Supporters of constitutional amendments to lower class size and build a high-speed rail are ballistic about a possible special election to give voters one more chance to defeat the measures. Gov. Jeb Bush is refusing to say whether he's behind such a plan. But, there's a growing movement in this tight budget year to postpone or kill the costly amendments.

Fifty-two percent of voters said “yes” in November to a constitutional amendment to reduce classroom size.

Damien Filer helped push for the amendment. He’s angry lawmakers may now seek a special election to repeal it.

Several lawmakers are also filing bills to repeal the high-speed rail amendment that 53 percent of voters approved in 2000. Critics say times are just too tight.

The small class size is $25 billion. High speed-rail is $20 billion. (That's one year of our total Florida budget).

The governor refused to say whether he's behind the special election to repeal class size and high-speed rail.

Senate democrats say if the governor backed off his plan for more tax cuts, the state could afford to do the voter's will.

But others will say the governor's sparse budget could well create an emergency, which will only help the repeal effort grow.

The coalition to reduce class size says it will fight just as hard to win if the class size question goes back before voters in a special election. The group might consider partnering with high-speed rail proponents to defeat any repeal effort.


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