As we are an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party, we will not be recommending, or reviewing any candidate not running as a member of the Libertarian Party. The only Libertarian candidate on the local ballot will be the President and Vice President candidates who were elected by Libertarian delegates earlier this year.
The 2020 Presidential Election is not Jo Jorgensen’s first run. She was selected by the Libertarian Party delegates in 1996 as the running mate for Harry Browne, and has a long history with the Libertarian Party. Her platform highlights are:
End involvement in foreign wars, and bring over 200,000 troops back home
Remove red tape and regulations that prevent Americans from best tackling COVID-19
Work to end the war on drugs, civil asset forfeiture and pardon non-violent, victimless “criminals”
Work to eliminate trade barriers and tariffs, and remove immigration quotas
Use her presidential power to prevent new spending
A key feature within the libertarian community is that even Libertarian candidates must earn our votes. An alternative option for libertarian voters, or any voters, is to write in a candidate which may include their preferred candidate, NOTA (None Of The Above), or to simply abstain.
“This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.”
Reason: Amendments to our state Constitution should serve an explicit purpose and provide an expected outcome. Absent either, the risk of unintended consequences dramatically rises. This amendment does not appear to have any explicit purpose (improvement, problem to solve) and no expected outcome. We deem this change as unnecessary.
“Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th, 2027.”
Reason: Any legislated constraint on prices or wages are threats of aggression against people entering voluntary contracts. Such constraints punish one party while limiting the other party’s negotiating power. When the minimum wage is increased by force of law it motivates employers to hire fewer low skilled workers. Therefore, some skilled workers will be left unemployed. As labor often represents the biggest cost, many businesses are incentivized to consider alternatives such as kiosks at McDonalds or raising prices, which also lowers sales and employment. This is one of the cruelest types of government regulation as it denies employment to people with the lowest skills.
All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet
“Allows all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. All candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, appear on the same primary ballot. Two highest vote getters advance to general election. If only two candidates qualify, no primary is held and winner is determined in general election. Candidate’s party affiliation may appear on ballot as provided by law. Effective January 1, 2024.”
Reason: At the state level, the Libertarian, Green, Republican and Democratic Parties all oppose. This amendment is particularly bad for third parties because it allows only the top two vote getters to be placed on the ballot in the general election. This means you might see two Republican candidates, two Democratic candidates, or one of each. So long as at least two candidates, in any variation, are on the primary ballot third parties would lose access in the general election. In the most simple of terms, more parties on the ballot ensure candidates continue to work and earn your vote.
“Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. The proposal applies the current thresholds for passage to each of the two elections.”
No. 5 Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 4 and Article XII
Limitations on Homestead Property Tax Assessments; increased portability period to transfer accrued benefit
“Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2021, to increase, from 2 years to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead.”
Reason: Because amendments to the state constitution are the highest legal authority within the state, and because increasing exemptions complicate property taxes unnecessarily, we oppose this amendment. It appears to be a useful amendment, deferring taxes an additional year–fewer taxes paid is always good. However, one must always consider the cost of any amendment to the state constitution. The cost here is that we increase the complicated nature of taxes within the state constitution, making it difficult to undo. Because constitutions–be they state or national level–should be hard, but not to hard, to amend, we oppose increasing complexity at this level.
Ad Valorem Tax Discount For Spouses Of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities.
“Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2021.”
Reason: Though we recognize the sacrifice that many veterans have made we oppose discrimination through taxation, or relief from taxation–preferring, if we must, only taxes that are applied to individuals equally. We recognize this may be upsetting to some as our country has a long history of recognizing its veterans and holding them in high regard. Our goal is not in any way to diminish the harsh experiences many veterans have endured. Similar to No. 5, we oppose complexity and especially when legal authority carries a broader impact. Our goal is and always will be to fight to lower taxes for everyone.
Amending Jacksonville Charter, Granting City Council Authority to Appoint and Remove Four JEA Board Members
“Shall the Jacksonville Charter be amended to create a new Section 4.03 and amend Section 21.03 which will (1) grant to City Council the executive power to appoint and remove four members of the JEA Board and (2) amend the qualifications of Board members?”
School District of Duval County, Florida Surtax Referendum
School Capital Outlay Sales Surtax to Improve Safety and the Learning Environment
“To upgrade aging schools through repairs and modernization, to keep schools safe and to continue to promote a conducive learning environment, to improve technology, and to replace existing or build new schools, and share with charter schools for their allowable uses, shall the Duval County School Board be authorized to levy a 15-year half-cent sales surtax, with expenditures based upon the Surtax Capital Outlay Plan, and monitored by an independent citizens committee?”
Reason: As the Libertarian Party sees taxation as theft, we strongly oppose any increase in taxes. We additionally oppose on the grounds that most increases–if not all–should come at the expense of government spending elsewhere and not from the American people. This referendum does not identify specific costs, how the money will be spent, what happens in the case of cost overruns or if costs are under the annual increase. It also fails to identify any weight or authority of an independent citizens committee (do they have veto power, etc.).
Most importantly, the Libertarian Party of Duval County opposes government education. We instead find all schools should be private and voluntary. Though imperfect like many institutions, we believe privatization offers the highest value to the most students, and our students and community are best served by eliminating the failed public education system provided to American students.