Fiscal and social conservatives rarely agree on passing a majority of amendments, but the 2012 ballot is an exception to the typical election year. Below, I’ve explained why Florida conservatives should vote YES on each of the 12 state amendments
Florida Amendment 1: Healthcare Services:
A “YES” vote on 1 is a vote to support Florida’s right to opt out of Obamacare.
Florida Amendment 2: Veterans Disabled to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount
A “YES” vote on 2 extends the homestead property tax to disabled veterans.
Florida Amendment 3: State Government Revenue Limitation
A “YES” vote on 3 factors inflation and population growth for setting a limit on state taxes.
Florida Amendment 4: Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Non-Homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal
A “YES” vote on 4 guards non-homestead property owners from tax increases by lowering that cap to 5% rather than 10%.
Florida Amendment 5: State Courts
A “YES” vote on 5 supports a requirement for Supreme Court justices appointed by the Governor also be confirmed by the Senate.
Florida Amendment 6: Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion Rights
A “YES” vote on 6 prohibits the use of federal funds for most abortions.
Florida Amendment 7: Was formerly known as Amendment 7 until a legal challenge by opponents led to the rewriting of some of the ballot language and its reinstatement on the ballot as Amendment 8.
Florida Amendment 8: Religious Freedom
A “YES” vote on 8 removes the prohibition in Florida’s Constitution that prevents religious institutions from receiving taxpayer funding.
Florida Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder
A “YES” vote on 9 helps surviving spouses of military veterans and first responders with property tax exemptions.
Florida Amendment 10: Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption
A “YES” vote on 10 doubles the tangible personal property tax exemption and allow local governments to increase the exemption.
Florida Amendment 11: Additional Homestead Exemption; Low-Income Seniors Who Maintain Long-Term Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed Value
A “YES” vote on 11 helps low-income seniors with property tax exemptions on property they have owned for more than 25 years.
Florida Amendment 12: University Student Presidents
A “YES” vote on 12 creates a new council of university student presidents from which the student representative to the Board of Governors will be chosen.