Calling it an “Alternative Maximum Tax”, or “MaxTax”, it would set a maximum total level of taxation that any one individual may be subject to by all governments combined — federal, state, municipalities, and other taxing authorities. That level would not go over 50 percent.
“This is a personal freedom issue. The amount of taxes that any one individual is responsible for providing to government collectively ultimately restricts the individual’s freedom to make their own decisions,” Jolly said in a press release. “We have easily identified over 40 different taxes that individuals are subjected to, each from different taxing authorities, yet there is no ombudsman looking out for the taxpayer to determine what is the appropriate level of total taxation any one person must be responsible for.”
USF’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has gathered more than 10,000 signatures on a petition that calls for the USF Foundation to withdraw its investments in certain management funds and re-invest in more “ethical” corporations.
The corporations that the SJP wants USF to disassociate itself from include Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, G4S PLC, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, all considered to be suppliers of weapons used by the government of Israel against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories..
"That's one-fourth of the student body," says Malak Fakhoury proudly. She's an SJP member and a sophomore majoring in psychology. Fakhoury says the group will present its petitions to the administration at the Board of Trustees meeting in early June at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom. "That's when we'll make our stand," she says.
Hillsborough Democrats who thought they had a decent chance of taking the open District 7 countywide seat were crestfallen earlier this year when Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern dropped out of the contest due to health concerns. But they're feeling a bit more revived today after the announcement that former Hillsborough County Democratic Party chair Pat Kemp is now in the contest to challenge Republican Al Higginbotham.
Higginbotham has had a substantial head start in raising money, having collected over $164,000. Kemp is under no illusions that she'll be able to match him on that front, but says that neither of them has run countywide, and she brings up the strong unrest that's been percolating for nearly a year in Higginbotham's District 4, where a big-box development along Bloomingdale Road has fired up residents.
"The people out there are very, very upset to the point where they collected $5,000 to sue their own County Commission, which is kind of an amazing thing for a neighborhood to do," she says, referring to the Coordinated Active Neighborhoods for Development Organization, or CAN-DO, the eastern Hillsborough County group formed last year in the wake of its collective anger about that development.
“It’s an open democratic primary, so you know it’s a knife fight,” said Shaw of the upcoming election. “All of us believe in the same thing, we all believe in Medicaid expansion, we all believe in public education being adequately funded. It’s just how you can get it done and I believe that I am the best candidate that has the experience to get it done in Tallahassee.”