Pam the PTO Mom Fed Up With School Cuts, Ron Book
Pamela Hennan, a St. Augustine Realtor and dedicated school volunteer drove all night to address the House Finance and Tax Committee today on education issues. She's fed up with all the recent cuts to education. To do so she had to sit through hours of mind numbing lobbyist talk, and by the time our old friend Ron Book took to the podium she had about enough. From the Pensacola News Journal:
Only a few minutes before, South Florida lobbyist Ron Book passionately defended a $4 million sales-tax break for yacht owners who temporarily put in at Florida marinas for repairs.
"I'm finding it incredible. Obviously, these people have a lot of money to be spending money on these kinds of things," Hennen said of the previous speakers. "I'm here to say please help our schools, please help our economy."
On another lobbyist who wanted to eliminate taxes on charter boat rentals: "If you're going to pay $1,000 to go on a charter boat what the heck is $60? If those boaters are going to get in trouble out in the water, what are they going to do?...Who goes to save them? The police do, the fire department, the coast guard. And they don't want to pay taxes."
According to The Miami Herald/St. Pete Times Tallahasee bureau she also brought a stack of letters from school children, one of whom asked: "How come I can't get cable
(TV) in my classroom but the prisoners can watch cable in their class?"
Real wisdom from real Floridians.
Hennen's story has already attracted the attention of the aforementioned organizations, and expect her to become one of those rare diversion from the wonky-wonk of your regular legislative session that actually brings focus to a problem.
[PNJ: 'Please Save Our Economy']
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