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Rubio: property tax cuts must continue



Rubio_5 Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio stands during the Pledge of Allegiance on opening day of the 2008 Florida Legislative session. [Scott Keeler, Times]

Rubio has just begun his speech opening the 2008 session. (Here is the text) Rubio, in his final final year in the House, called for a cap on all government revenue and spending and for the 1.35 percent tax cap proposal.

He laid down an implicit challenge to Senate President Ken Pruitt and Gov. Charlie Crist, who sold Amendment 1 on the promise that more is to come.

"Just remember this: If we do nothing, later this year property tax owners are going to get their tax bill and it is going to look a lot like the one they got last year. They are going to be angry. Maybe some have property tax fatigue.' But if we do nothing, come November, voters are going to have incumbent fatigue.' "

During the 12-minute address, Rubio also called for the House to advance recommendations by state panels studying issues facing young African Americans. "I hope this package will include the creation of a Children’s Zone in Liberty City modeled after a highly successful program in Harlem."

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


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