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Rubio's tax tour lands in Hernando County

SPRING HILL - Floridians find few laughs in their tax bills these days, but Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio fielded a one-liner Wednesday evening that drew a few grim chuckles from a crowd at the Palace Grand: "I never worry that government will go too far when it comes to tax cuts."

Rubio planted himself firmly on one side of the property tax debate now raging across the state. On the one side, tax-cut advocates like Rubio say homeowners need substantial tax relief. On the other, local governments argue that deep cuts will cripple vital services provided by police officers and firefighters.

But what does it matter what government needs, Rubio asked, if the people can't afford to pay their tax bill? Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:25pm]


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