Friday, March 1, 2013

Florida Voters Nix Vouchers

In November, Florida voters turned down a state constitutional amendment to allow tax-raised funds for religious schools.

By a margin of 55.5% to 44.55%, they preserved this provision:

“No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

They rejected a replacement article forbidding state refusal of funds to any person or entity on the basis of religious identity or belief.

The proposed amendment bore the misleading title, Religious Freedom.

To pass, a Florida constitutional amendment needs a 60% majority.

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