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Feb. 14

Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal on Florida’s taxes going elsewhere:

Fellow Northwest Floridian taxpayers, it is our fiscally conservative Floridian duty to inform you that your Floridian tax dollars are being dumped on an out-of-state effort that has nothing to do with, well, Florida.

In the latest misadventure of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, her Florida-funded salary has been put toward work way up north in Chesapeake Bay, more than a 14-hour-drive from Tallahassee.

You may be wondering how in the world Chesapeake Bay fits into the Florida attorney general’s job description, which, according to the official state website, entails:

“protecting Florida consumers from various types of fraud and enforcing the state’s antitrust laws. Additionally, the Attorney General protects her constituents in cases of Medicaid fraud, defends the state in civil litigation cases and represents the people of Florida when criminals appeal their convictions in state and federal courts.”

The short answer - it doesn’t.

But that hasn’t stopped Bondi, who used her office and, presumably, her work hours, to file a brief opposing the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, which sets pollution limits that have been agreed upon by six states in the region and the federal government as a pathway toward restoring the damaged ecosystem.

The effort to overturn the pollution limits has been led by the American Farm Bureau Federation which is being backed up by Bondi and 20 other attorneys general.

Don’t forget that you are paying Bondi to do a job - with duties here in Florida - and that meddling in the affairs of other states at the behest of private, special interests is a direct dereliction of the duties of her office. That is not what we, the taxpayers, are paying her to do. Needless to say, we doubt any private-sector employer would put up with such behavior.

So remember all this when November comes around and there’s a blank box next to Bondi’s name on your ballot, and ask yourself this question: What does the Chesapeake Bay have to do with us in Florida?

Nothing. Yet, everything.

Online:

http://www.pnj.com

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