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The property tax ruling: Who wins, who loses?




House Speaker Marco Rubio: On one hand, a second stab at tax changes could allow the Miami Republican to push for some of his more ambitious goals (though swapping property taxes for higher sales tax seems to lack momentum, for now). On the other, a highly publicized setback could tarnish the most visible lawmaker on property taxes.

Gov. Charlie Crist: He campaigned on promises to allay growing tension over taxes. Then, late in the session, he laid out his own proposal only to let the Legislature take over. Still Crist has cemented his image to the Jan. 29 proposal. Crist may have to play a more assertive role this time.

Senate President Ken Pruitt. He was not shy about touting tax relief, but the Port St. Lucie Republican mostly allowed Sens. Mike Haridopolos and Daniel Webster to work out a deal, with input from Senate Democrats. Is Pruitt immune or does he have to ensure smooth sailing in the upcoming special session?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:06pm]


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