Read their lips: No new taxes
It's the read-my-lips moment that some Florida lawmakers dread: having to break a pledge not to raise taxes.
A state budget $3 billion in the hole has the Legislature considering raising the cigarette tax, the biggest single levy to gain serious momentum in the Capitol in nearly 20 years.
Dozens of fees are being jacked up or created. Corporate income tax breaks are being reviewed. Some sales tax exemptions may be closed.
This has caused palpable anxiety in Tallahassee, where the Republican majority is about to reverse position on a founding principle against higher taxes.
But the pain is most acute for those Republicans who put it in writing.
"I don't want to think about it until I have to think about it," Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera of Miami said with a sigh. (story here)