By Peter Schorsch | Florida Politics
Florida politics and Sunburn — perfect together.
…“Plan to shift money draws affordable housing concerns” via Jim Turner of The News Service of Florida — Despite an outcry from environmentalists and Realtors, the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee voted 10-5 along party lines to support PCB ANR 21-01, which would redesignate portions of documentary-stamp taxes collected on real estate transactions. The money currently is for affordable-housing programs in the Sadowski Trust Fund. That trust fund is an annual target of lawmakers who divert — or “sweep” — money to help pay for programs not related to affordable housing. House Speaker Chris Sprowls has made addressing sea level rise a priority, and Senate President Wilton Simpson has prioritized wastewater upgrades. The plan would earmark one-third of the documentary-stamp money for sea-level rise projects, one-third for sewage projects, and one-third for housing….