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A gut check for the TBRC (and Marco Rubio)



For months, they have been cast as the wise elders who will sort out Florida's property tax problems and place a thoughtfully crafted proposal on the November ballot.

Today, the mythology surrounding the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission gets a reality check.

During an all-day meeting in Tallahassee, the commission will consider several plans to lower property tax bills. But the bar is high for passing a significant overhaul. And with the Legislature hopelessly fractured on reforming the system, the commission may be the state's last shot at dramatic changes for years.

"We are literally a vote away from putting the most meaningful property tax reform in the history of our state on the ballot," said House Speaker Marco Rubio who gets a second chance at a tax swap. "And I hope we don't let that opportunity pass us by." (story here.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:18pm]


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