Add Grover Norquist to the 'tax swap' haters
Sen. Mike Haridopolos has recruited a powerful opponent of the tax swap: Grover Norquist.
"Experience in other states shows that the more moving parts involved in a 'tax swap' package, the greater the risk of unintended consequences. Taxpayers oftentimes find themselves on the losing side of the bargain when a 'swap' is on the table," Norquist writes in a letter to the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.
He goes on to say anyone voting for the plan would violate the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," a holy grail of sorts for some Republicans. Scores of Florida lawmakers have signed the pledge.
Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, asked Norquist to review the proposal, which trades most school taxes for higher sales tax and other revenue. Haridopolos has spent the past few weeks attacking the plan as a giant tax increase because a penny sales tax increase and repeal of some sales tax exemptions will not come close to filling the gap left by lost school property taxes.