Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LEGISLATURE Embrace Frugality

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LEGISLATURE Embrace Frugality

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It never hurts an area to have a member of its legislative delegation in the leadership, so the prospect of having Jacksonville Sen. Jim King as president of the Florida Senate is welcome.

In 1969-70, Jacksonville was fortunate to have local legislators heading both houses of the Legislature. Since then, it has had two Senate presidents and one House speaker.

For some, the main purpose of having a local person as head of one House is to redirect money from the state treasury to the local area.

We hope King will take a different approach -- using his power to prevent other legislators from pork-barrel spending, leading by example, and thus help to hold down the tax burden on Florida residents.

Pork-barrel spending usually is applauded by local politicians hoping to shift tax burdens to someone else, not by the constituents themselves.

They know it is a fool's game because, when everyone is doing it, the cost often is higher for everyone, rather than lower. …

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