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Charlie Crist stumps at Versailles

Newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist campaigned like a Republican Monday when he visited Little Havana’s Versailles Restaurant and attacked Gov. Rick Scott over an issue commonly associated with GOP candidates: Taxes.

“Rick Scott is trying to boast that he increased education funding. Well, he did it by raising property taxes about $400 million,” Crist said.

What Crist didn’t mention: the tax rate didn't increase, but the tax base and taxable values did -- and property taxes used to pay for education rose under Crist as well. 

Crist’s new message – that Scott raised taxes – coincides with the governor’s statewide tour to tout his successful push to repeal auto-tag and title taxes that Crist signed into law in 2009, when the former governor broke a pledge to never raise taxes.

"When I took office, Florida was deep in the hole," Scott said in a statement issued by his campaign. "At a time when Floridians could least afford it, Charlie Crist raised taxes by $2.2 billion and let tuition climb year after year."

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[Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:25pm]


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