A Crisis Of Shoes, Ships Or Sealing Wax? Florida Housing Money Can Fix It

head shot of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
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Florida Governor Ron Desantis says he wants to dedicate the housing trust fund to affordable housing in 2020. He also wants to boost pay for pay for teachers, reduce property taxes and clean up the Everglades.

In a time of growing housing crises, what possesses a state legislature to use its housing trust fund as a reserve to tackle other urgent matters, not once but time and time again?

Is it corruption? Good-life politicians searching for better with the help of a sweet kickback or two from a special interest? The trouble with this argument is the wealth of the housing industry. Its pockets are deep enough to wine and dine an entire legislature of politicians, and yet apparently not deep enough to weasel dollars out of a fund even when it has ‘housing’ printed on it.

Maybe the Florida State legislature is diseased with the same comfortable cluelessness that seemed to infect the writers of the U.S. Constitution. “Screw King George. We must have a right to be free — free of kings and their taxation.” Understandable.

A right to housing? What a silly idea! When you personally have a house and all your friends have a house, maybe this privilege discounts the importance of human shelter. Most of the rest of the world recognizes that importance as a human right, why not America. Why not Florida?

Once again, it appears as if the State legislature is preparing to dip sticky fingers into the housing purse. Read more in the pensacola news journal: Housing Money A Rich Target For Florida Lawmakers — Again