Mel Martinez Wants to Raise our Taxes

Mel Martinez resigned as U.S. Senator but I see he’s still trying to get his hand in our pockets!

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Martinez is advocating for a tax hike at local restaurants in order to raise money for the homeless. Why do politicians, and ex-politicians, always confuse charity with government coercion?

I wonder if Governor Rick Scott is thinking twice about his recent appointment of Mel Martinez’s son to the Orange County Commission.

Perhaps rather than raising our taxes, politicians should figure out a way to make it less burdensome and less expensive for small restaurant owners to expand their businesses and hire more staff! It was Ronald Reagan who said “the best social program was a job”.

Former Sen. Mel Martinez proposes 1% restaurant tax to help homeless

If you run up a $100 tab for food and drinks at a Miami restaurant, one dollar of the bill goes to help the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

Since the passage of the 1 percent tax on high-end eateries nearly two decades ago, the number of homeless people living on Miami’s streets has plummeted from 8,000 to about 800, and the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust has become the envy of homeless agencies throughout the state.

Now, former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez hopes to bring that Miami model to Central Florida, where the number of homeless families has soared in recent years, earning the region an unwelcome spotlight in the national news.

Martinez, a former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is urging Orange, Osceola and Seminole county leaders to adopt the same food and beverage tax here to help pay for more housing services and bring an end to chronic homelessness. Read more

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