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Rubio still embraces tax 'swap' is touting House Speaker Marco Rubio's appearance Sunday on CBS 4. The topic, of course, property taxes. You can see it here.

The Miami Republican begins by talking about his failed plan to trade property taxes on primary homes for increased sales tax. "Let me first start out by being very clear that I think we shouldn't have property taxes on homesteads," he tells anchor Eliott Rodriguez. "We proposed a plan earlier in the year to do away with it and we’ll continue to talk about that every chance we get."

Rubio's words again raise questions about how serious he is about the plan that did pass -- a rollback and cap of local government tax bases and proposed "super" homestead exemptions worth up to $195,000. A statewide vote on the exemptions is set for January. Rubio insists he supports the idea but envisions a more radical overhaul of Florida's tax system.

To accomplish that, Rubio said he could push the tax swap through the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. "And If not, we'll go to the voters and see if they'll do it. ... I think we should do two things: We should vote yes on this Jan. 29 amendment because it will make our system more fair and more affordable and then we need to continue to work on eliminating the property tax on homesteads."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:37pm]


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