As members of the Florida Legislature congratulate themselves for spreading around a record $74.5 billion budget, one part of the state is getting shafted: the Florida environment.
As public education gets another $1 billion, Florida Forever gets shorted. The state’s land-preservation program was groundbreaking when it was created under Republican Gov. Bob Martinez, but a series of GOP-dominated legislatures has stripped the program the way whiteflies decimate ficus hedges.
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