2018 Endorsed Candidates
^endorsed by local Labor Council
*endorsed by State Affiliate(s)
**endorsed by National Affiliate
(All Florida Voters)
Restorage of Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions
Would restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences. It would exclude those convicted of murder and felony sexual offenses.
Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
Would increase the portion of a home’s value that’s exempted from non-school property taxes. The changes would apply to the value of a home between $100,000 and $125,000 with the maximum exemption climbing to $75,000. Amendment 1 is a tax shift; not a tax cut. The increased exemption is regressive and will be unfair as some homeowners, plus renters and non-homestead property owners, will not benefit. Florida is already a low-tax state and the exemption will either diminish public services or shift taxes to others.
Increase to Two-Thirds Vote Majority in Legislature to Increase Taxes
Would increase the majority needed in the state Legislature to two-thirds to impose, approve or raise taxes. It would also mean it would take only a third of members in either the House or Senate to block tax increases or repeal exemptions. The amendment will apply regardless of economic conditions or state needs. Will hamstring future generations by making it almost impossible to raise additional state revenue. More of the burden of services will be shifted to local governments. Will allow further reductions in taxes or additional exemption. A similar proposal was defeated by voters in 2012.
First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits, and Public Colleges and Universities
Would require employers to provide benefits to surviving spouses of first responders if they die on duty, and it would require the state to provide benefits to surviving spouses of active-duty military members who are killed. The last parts of the measure would require university trustees to agree by a third-thirds super-majority to raise college fees and establish the state college system in the state Constitution. Universities are currently in the Constitution, but state colleges (community colleges) are not. This amendment combines unrelated issues. Supermajority for university fee increases ties the hands of colleges and doesn’t belong in the Constitution.
Amendment recommendations provided by FEA
No position has been recommended on other Amendments