The group Florida Tax Watch has come out with a set of recommendations on how to improve state government, and one of the ways is to advertise on state owned property. We took the idea to State Representative Bryan Nelson. He proposed allowing advertisements on school buses during the last legislative session.
"I think we had it projected statewide at $100 million, so yeah, that's a big number," he said.
Florida Tax Watch believes the state could add $19 million to its coffers by allowing ads on state-owned property, like trash cans, buildings, or unused lots. Rep. Nelson said it's an idea worth looking at, as long as it's done appropriately.
"As long as the advertising is appropriate, and we're not endorsing a product, we're just selling advertising. You know it's just an easy way of funding our budget without asking the taxpayer for taxpayer dollars."
We took the idea to the streets and found mixed results.
Miguel told us no thanks, saying "It'd be more like commercialization of government property, and we don't need that." But Ray says sure, adding, "I think any surface that can, you know, if the government owns it or something like that. If they can use it for revenues, why not?"
So far, no bill on the subject has been filed, but Nelson says he is willing to take a look. You can see the full set of recommendations from Florida Tax Watch by clicking here (PDF).