ORLANDO SENTINEL: Time to end sugar subsidies and political payoffs

Orlando Sentinel: Written by Scott Maxwell. April 17, 2018.

The NRA gets most of the attention these days. But few industries have more power over politicians from both parties than Big Sugar.

For years, sugar interests have plied Florida politicians with money, favors — even secretive trips to a private hunting lodge in Texas.

And it has paid off nicely.

In return for the largesse at both the Congressional and state level, the politicians give sugar what it wants … with your money.

We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars in federal subsidies and price supports, which not only cost you tax dollars but also grocery dollars, since they drive up the price of everything from soup and soda to spaghetti sauce and cereal.

All for an industry that has treated the lower half of our state like a toilet bowl … which you pay once again to clean up.

Finally there is a movement to end this not-so-sweet tradition.

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