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PolitiFact rules Florida Chamber’s claim that education proposals won’t cut teacher pay mostly true

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From PolitiFact Florida: As the debate over proposed education reforms continues to ratchet up in Tallahassee, groups on both sides are taking to the airwaves.

Groups supporting and opposing SB 6 and HB 7189, the Senate and House education bills, recently launched television spots to bolster their arguments. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, a main proponent of Republican-led legislation, is running 30-second advertisement that blames “Tallahassee union lobbyists” for misleading citizens about the education proposals.

“Tallahassee union lobbyists have been paid a fortune to bash anyone in their way, now backing a shadow group against rewarding our best teachers,” the ad begins, with images of men in dark suits and sunglasses talking in the background. “Fact is these reforms will not cut one teacher’s pay or cut one retirement benefit.”

In this item, we’re going to put the claim about teacher pay to the Truth-O-Meter. Continue reading here.

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