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'Chick-fil-A, round 2'



Chick2_3 In the tense buildup to the special session on property taxes, Rep. Dean Cannon was a frequent visitor to Sen. Daniel Webster's Orlando-area air conditioning business. Fueled by chicken sandwiches and waffle fries from Chick-fil-A, the men worked out a deal that was approved in June.

But the centerpiece of that accord -- the "super" homestead exemption -- is in jeopardy after a judge found the ballot language misleading. Now the veteran Webster and up-and-comer Cannon are gearing up for new talks.

"Get ready for Chick-fil-A, round 2," Cannon told the Buzz as he and Webster got off an elevator and headed for the senator's office Thursday afternoon.

"The good thing is there's this picture of everything on this big board," Webster said of the many tax cutting plans in play. "There's nothing new. You just pick it off, one at a time."

We've heard optimism before, why would anything be different than last time? "We're wiser and smarter," Cannon said. "We know what judges think. We know what people think. We know every combination has been tested. So I'm optimistic that it will be a lot easier this time."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:18am]


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