THE HUFFINGTON POST: March 7, 2016. Written by Alan Farago.
On March 15, Marco Rubio will run out of Florida voters to fool. Today he is looking forward to a day he expects: “Marco Rubio is Florida Country.” In fact, as he looks inwards, he and Republican state officials will have to question a tenet of Florida’s GOP majority: that voters don’t care, don’t know about, or are indifferent to Big Sugar’s control by proxy of property values and taxes.
The secret handshakes between the state GOP and Big Sugar concern water policy. In 2014 the Tampa Bay Times documented secret hunting trips paid for by US Sugar Corporation to the King Ranch in Texas. Only Republican legislators were invited to partake by private jet, luxury accommodations, free wine and booze and what else. It wouldn’t be a big deal today, but for historic January rainfall that sent a tidal wave of water pollution across the thresholds of mainly GOP voters at the wrong time of year.
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Published in Jacksonville Times-Union on June 25, 2015: Legislators managed to take the word “trust” out of trust fund. Now they are snubbing their noses at the landslide number of Florida voters who supported protecting the state’s conservation lands.Read more
SUN SENTINEL: June 15, 2014. Written by Andy Reid.
Florida taxpayers have been left shouldering most of the $2 billion Everglades water pollution cleanup cost, despite a constitutional amendment passed by nearly 70 percent of voters that calls for the sugar industry to pick up its share of the tab.
While South Florida sugar-cane growers excel at providing the sweet ingredient for everything from cakes to candy bars, polluted phosphorus-laden runoff from sugar-cane fields has damaging consequences on the Everglades.
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Published in Tampa Tribune on June 17, 2015: The state budget that Florida lawmakers will vote on Friday amounts to a brazen betrayal of the public's trust. Months after voters overwhelmingly approved spending hundreds of millions in additional money to protect endangered waters and lands, legislators are poised to spend less on the environment than before Amendment 1 was on the ballot. This violates the intent of the voters, who should remember before the next election the name of each lawmaker who supports such a callous disregard for their express wishes.Read more