1% restaurant tax could be one way to help Orlando’s homeless, former Sen. Mel Martinez says

March 28, 2012 (Written by Kate Santich and David Damron –  Orlando Sentinel) – If you run up a $100 tab for food and drinks at a Miami restaurant, one dollar of the bill goes to help the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Since the passage of the 1 percent tax on high-end eateries nearly two decades ago, the number of homeless people living on Miami’s streets has plummeted from 8,000 to about 800, and theMiami-Dade CountyHomeless Trust has become the envy of homeless agencies throughout the state.

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