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Conservation Money Budgeted For Uses 'Unacceptable' Under Amendment 1

Florida Everglades plants and water
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Conservation supporters are warily watching a budget Florida lawmakers are set to vote on Friday, which they say would violate Amendment 1 of the state Constitution.

That’s the amendment reserving a third of certain tax revenue for preserving land and water.

Florida Conservation Voters Executive Director Aliki Moncrief says, at least the funding is higher than last year’s.

“Maybe we are starting to break through to these lawmakers,” she says. “Maybe they are starting to realize there is a huge constituency for environmental protection and they’ve kind of poked a sleeping giant potentially.”

Yet, she says, more than $200 million is earmarked for unacceptable purposes, like salaries and general operating costs.

Her group is urging voters to respond this fall, when state senators are up for re-election.

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Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP