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LeMieux invokes the T-word on the budget



Last week, in The LeMieux Report, Gov. Charlie Crist's long-time adviser George LeMieux signaled the big tuition-hike announcement, with a declaration that "for years, state leaders have ignored higher education reform." This week, a new LeMieux Report states unequivocally that "everything, including taxes, will be on the table when legislators return for the March regular session."

LeMieux says to look for a special session in December or January to shore up the 2008-09 budget." The Buzz hears from a well-placed source that lawmakers are considering the weeks of Jan. 5 or 12 for a budget-related session. That would give staff members sufficient time to analyze the latest revenue forecast to develop a menu of options, and would place the session shortly before President Obama's inauguration. (Note: In 2006, Crist campaigned on a promise to lower taxes, not raise them).

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:48pm]


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