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Ray Sansom's gag order



Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee, was listening to a frank and depressing discussion on the economy and raised his hand: Will the tax cut plan on the Jan. 29 ballot have any positive effect?

Good question. But before state economist Amy Baker could answer, Policy and Budget Chairman Ray Sansom cut off discussion. Talk about the tax proposal will come later in the meeting, he said. (Indeed, the subject is on the agenda.)

We caught Baker, who advises the Legislature, as she was leaving. "It's a stimulus, so any stimulus is good," she said. But she quickly added that the macro economic forces are so great that tax cuts will not matter for a while.

"It's not big enough," she said of the proposed tax reduction. (That may have been the point Sansom did not want Baker making at the podium.) Baker added that the housing correction is not expected to work through until summer 2009. Only then, she said, would the tax cuts begin to really work.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:14pm]


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