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Rubio plans to lead citizen petition




House Speaker Marco Rubio, shown during Monday's debate, says the Legislature is probably done with property taxes despite repeated statements from others that more relief and reform is coming.

"Quite frankly, we may have seen the best that this institution -- the House and Senate together -- can do on this," Rubio told reporters after the session ended. "I hope that's not the case. But I really think at this point anything more meaningful than what you've already seen is probably going to have to come from the tax and budget commission or from the citizens of the state."

Is that something you're willing to take up, a signature petition? "Yes."

The 36-year-old, term-limited Rubio said he's not sure what that petition would look like but hinted, once again, at his desire to eliminate property taxes all together.

Asked why he didn't hold up the process today, Rubio said: "That's a tough question. What would you accomplish by not allowing it to go forward? What are you going to get, if you had another week in session?"

Rubio said the House did "everything we could" to sell its ideas to the Senate, but "they didn't come in that direction."

"If we felt that somehow by ... walking away from the deal we could ultimately accomplish something good for the people of the state Florida, we would have done that. But I'm not sure what could have been accomplished by doing that. Maybe it would have made us feel good. But this issue isn't about us. It's not about us winning vs. them losing. It's about the taxpayers."

[Times photo| Scott Keeler]

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:24am]


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