Tallahassee, FL - October 1, 2012 - 5:16pm
A group of clergy members say an amendment on the November ballot would make tough times tougher for schools and families in Florida.
The group held a rally at the Capitol today to voice their concerns.
The amendment that the group is protesting is Amendment 3. They marched here to the Florida Capitol this morning. Protesters call the wording of the amendment on the election ballot "a wolf in sheep's clothing."
About 100 people from across Florida marched from Bethel Missionary Baptist Church off Tennessee Street in Tallahassee.
They came to the Florida Capitol where they rallied against Amendment 3.
The amendment proposes replacing existing revenue limits with a new limitation based on inflation and population change. Any funds that exceed the revenue cap would be placed in the state's "rainy day fund."
Those who oppose Amendment 3, say putting a cap on revenue would force more cuts on top of already deep cuts.
Pastor Errol Thompson, No on 3 Campaign: "such as school programs. It's going to cut into senior programs, as well as public safety. This is going to be catastrophic for Floridian families who are already struggling."
Colorado is the only state to try such an amendment. Protestors say it was a proven failure, citing that Colorado had been ranked 35th in the nation for K-12 education funding in 1992, but, by 2001 it fell to 49th.
They say immunizations for children also suffered greatly after the revenue cap in Colorado.
Tallahassee, FL - October 1, 2012
Calling Florida's proposed Amendment 3 a "wolf in sheep's clothing" that will risk the health and opportunity of the state's children and jeopardize the state's economy, religious leaders from across Florida will lead a march to the Capitol on Monday, Oct. 1, to urge Floridians to vote against the amendment. The event is being organized by PICO United Florida, Florida AARP, and the No on Three campaign.
WHO: Clergy from religious congregations across the state; along with Charles Milsted, AARP Florida associate state director; Barbara DeVane, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans state secretary; Ion Sancho, Leon County supervisor of elections; Cecelia O'Brien, Florida State University student; and members of the Florida Professional Firefighters Union and the Fraternal Order of Police.
WHAT: March to the Capitol, followed by rally and press conference. Clergy and community leaders will speak on how proposed Amendment 3 will harm children, students and seniors by enforcing cuts on top of cuts already made to schools, health-care programs, roads, and services for the elderly.
WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2012; 10 a.m.
(Event begins with march leaving Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. press conference at the steps of the Capitol)
WHERE: March departs Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd, Tallahassee, at 10 a.m. The march will follow Tennessee Street and Monroe Avenue to the steps of Historic Old Capitol. (In the event of rain, the rally will move to the Senate Portico.)
DETAILS: Visuals include clergy in robes and vestments; church members with banners and signs; Angel Marcial, a youth pastor and University of South Florida student will be available to give interviews to Spanish-language media.