"Make Florida more affordable again," says State Senate candidate Brian Moore---in his YouTube video
Photo by Al Jazera
Wednesday, July 27, 2022,
(YouTube video by Ken Eplin of KFE Toybox Videos)
Citrus Springs, Florida: State Senate Candidate Brian Moore is video-taped in a 10-minute interview at a political forum sponsored by the Citrus Springs Civic Association, which was held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 in Citrus Springs, in northern Citrus County.
27 candidates appeared before several hundred area residents and were allowed 3 to 5 minutes each for candidate presentations. For those running in the August 23rd primary elections an additional 5 minutes was given for questions.
Moore, a Green Party candidate, will not be in the primaries, and will face a lone opponent, term-limited state representative Blaise Ingoglia, in the November 8 general election. No Democrat qualified for that race. Ingoglia, nor his supporters, have not been present in three recent political forums conducted in Citrus and Hernando Counties.
Brian states in the video that Floridians "have experienced increasing costs, across the board," in the areas of food, clothing, gas, medicines, rents, home mortgages, property insurance, and beyond. Moore expressed concern that affordable rental housing and the absence of affordable homes is "at a critical stage in Florida."
Moore blames the mostly Republican Florida Legislature, who have been in power for the last 20 years, as responsible for its' citizens' economic decline. The state senate candidate added that the situation has become "exacerbated by legislators being distracted with cultural and woke issues, at the expense of the basic necessities."
Despite the state's recent surplus of revenues this year, due to federal government stimulus subsidies, Moore sees the need to add new sources of state government revenues. He contends the new monies will directly address the long-term cost-of-living problems "without having to endure the traditional budget deficit complaints from conservatives."
The Green Party candidate admitted that a guaranteed income and a new state income tax on wealthy individuals would be his preference to raise new revenues. However, he acknowledged that "these radical measures would never get through the Florida Legislature."
He suggests that a half-a-percentage increase in the 5.5% corporate business tax would help, plus, the Seminole and Miccosukee Indian tribes need to be subject to the same corporate taxes that all other private companies in Florida are obliged to pay. Moore added there are other taxes that should be applied fairly to new products and services as well.
The Seminoles, take in an annual revenue of $2.4 billion a year, and need to pay a business tax on their Florida revenues. They also need to return their sales taxes to Tallahassee that they charge customers at their Florida casinos, restaurants and hotels. Moore argues that the indian tribes use the same state infrastructure and receive the same services that all Floridians pay taxes on.
The newly redistricted State Senate District 11 that Moore is contesting in includes the entire Sumter, Citrus and Hernando Counties; and a small part of West Pasco County.