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Democrats declare class warfare on Gov. Rick Scott

As session begins, the minority party calls foul on budget surplus

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Underlining all of this populist bravado was the timely release of two separate economic studies that found – in ringing unison – that Florida might have fucked itself permanently via all the things you already know about: privatizing education, underpaying teachers, relying on seniors in service jobs as a tax base, not charging an income tax, incentivizing corporations, letting the rich get richer while pretending the poor are just animatronic gerbils here for your entertainment.

“The news is grim,” read the preface to the report, “Tougher Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future,” released by the LeRoy Collins Institute out of the University of Florida. At 120 pages, the report is for policy wonks and lovers of graphs only, but it also includes phrases like, “And, ominously, [the data] points out that Florida is experiencing a ‘hollowing out’ of middle-wage jobs at a rate faster than the rest of the country.” So that’s fun, right?

Similarly, the Economic Policy Institute released its latest tome, “The Increasingly Unequal States of America,” on Feb. 19, in which Florida once again got its wrists slapped for existing in a manner which is empirically (and economically) unstable. While the top 1 percent saw a 219 percent increase in income between 1979 and 2007, the rest of us only caught a 14 percent break. That’s because the rest of us aren’t wrapping our portfolios in bullion blankets to protect them from the salty air; we’re shoving Brazilian kids down water slides and waiting for our lunch breaks.

At any rate, it should be an interesting fight to witness as Democrats mine the suffering of the masses while Republicans bathe in increased campaign spending limits this session (and this fall). There’s only so much logic – and suffering – the majority can deny. Also, minimum wage and medical marijuana? Yes, please.

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