Florida Subsidizes Gun Makers while Cutting Spending on Mental Health and School SafetyQuicklink submitted By Amanda Lang Permalink
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|Lawmakers in Florida consider tax breaks for gun manufacturers a higher priority than funding for mental health or school safety.
Last year, the legislature eliminated $1.8 million from school safety programs, while Governor Rick Scott vetoed $5.7 million for mental health services.
But lawmakers made sure $10"million in taxpayer money was available to help weapons makers, as well as Hollywood production companies and video game designers that produce violent entertainment.
The state government also made it easier and cheaper to buy high-powered weapons, by cutting the cost of obtaining a weapons license by $5.
Florida ranks 48th in per capita mental health funding. (Only Idaho and Texas spend less.)
Some of the gun manufacturers that have benefitted from tax incentives include Colt Manufacturing Co., which enjoyed a $1.6 million deal...