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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

03/22/19: Voter Registration Drive; Local Taxation Bill

Andrew Gillum spoke in Miami Gardens, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Andrew Gillum spoke in Miami Gardens, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost his bid in the gubernatorial race last year, has launched a push to register 1 million Florida residents to vote before the 2020 presidential election.

This push to register voters comes as more than 1.5 million felons recently had their voting rights automatically restored as a result of Amendment 4, which voters approved last year. 

To take a look at the voter drive and the potential impact it could have on the 2020 elections we were joined by WLRN reporter Danny Riveroand Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Political Director Neil Volz.

How Tough Should It Be To Tax Floridians?

A bill state lawmakers are considering would make it tougher to get local tax increases approved.

The Florida Times-Union reported legislation advancing in the House and Senate would require all sales tax increases proposed by counties and school districts to appear on November general election ballots, eliminating the possibility of their being decided during lower-turnout primaries or special elections.

While some favor keeping a tighter lid on taxes, others are worried the change might jeopardize or delay funding for local projects.

Brian Willis is a founder of the All for Transportation voter effort in Hillsborough County. He joined us with his perspective.

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