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Jeb Bush works to put TABOR over the hump



Jebbush_5 Jeb Bush and his protégé Marco Rubio, the speaker of the Florida House, have been contacting members of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission urging a "yes" vote on the revenue cap. At last count, proponents had 16 votes -- one short of the 17 needed for passage.

The Buzz is they need Darryl Rouson to see their point of view that the TABOR-style cap is a vital reform to Florida's tax structure. Rouson said tonight he is undecided but "inclined" to vote no. He also said he had not heard from either of the influential politicians. That makes tomorrow's vote a certain cliffhanger.

The proposal was stripped bare by commissioner Mike Hogan earlier this week, but numerous amendments have been filed that could either strengthen it or make an intractable policy soup.

Rubio worked the phones today, pushing for an initiative he made a centerpiece of his opening day session speech. The term-limited Miami Republican already scored with the passage of the McKay "tax swap," but that plan is under assault, too, as it comes up for a final vote later this month.

"Those two things together," Rubio said of the cap and swap, "are meaningful and extraordinary. And if they pass, they will really set Florida off like a rocket."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:49am]


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