Publicado el 10-25-2012
Vote NO on Amendments
10 and 12, and
YES on Amendment 1
With this editorial DIARIO LAS AMERICAS ends its recommendations to our readers on how to vote for the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Florida in the November 6th election. All the Constitutional Amendments need to be approved by 60% of the voters to be in force.
Amendment 10 deals with Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption. This amendment would double the exemption on tangible personal property for small businesses when it is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000, which would result in less revenue for the State. This exemption should not be included in the Constitution but instead be presented as a state law. We recommend voting NO.
Amendment 12 is about the Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System, and would replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents in the Board of Governors of the State University System, and would require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. We recommend voting NO.
Amendment 1 refers to Health Care Services and proposes, among other things, that laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage. Obviously this amendment would try to prevent that the health care program known as Obamacare would be applied in Florida. We recommend voting YES, although this would be a symbolic vote since federal law overrides state law.
Summing up, DIARIO LAS AMERICAS recommends to its readers to vote YES for Constitutional Amendments Nos. 1, 6, and 8, and vote NO for Amendments 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Again, we remind all how important it is to vote in the general election of November 6th when a president will be elected to rule the fate of the nation for the next four years. The country faces a national debt of over sixteen trillion, a high rate of unemployment, considerable increases in the price of gas and, in general, a price increase in consumer products. Half of the young people graduating from college can not find a job in what they have studied, millions depend on food stamps and, the situation of the middle class continues to worsen. All this should be taken into consideration at the time of casting a vote.