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Marco Rubio meet Howard Jarvis



There's a running gag in the movie Airplane that shows Howard Jarvis, the father of Proposition 13 in California, sitting in the back of a taxi as the meter ticks away -- a spin on the waste Jarvis so detested.

Marco Rubio is not so patient. The Miami Republican has jumped behind a Proposition 13-like citizen petition to cut property taxes. But even having Rubio on your side does not make for a successful petition.

Organizers face the gargantuan task of obtaining 611,009 verified signatures by the end of January. The question is, can it be done? Don't bet on it. "To think anyone could do it in the span of two months is unfathomable," said Paul Hull, who successfully got antitobacco amendments passed in recent years.

Not meeting the Nov. 2008 ballot would give Rubio something to champion as he rides into the term-limit sunset. A proposal on the 2010 ballot would be ideal because Rubio may be facing an election of his own.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:28am]


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