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State_of_the_state_flpc207 In his first State of the State address, Gov. Charlie Crist today called for an end to “out of control” property taxes that he said are threatening Floridians’ home ownership dreams.

“The American dream of home ownership is being crushed under the weight of property taxes,” Crist said. “It will require bold and decisive leadership to reverse this trend and make the Florida dream more affordable.”

Property taxes was a central theme of Crist’s speech, which he delivered in a crisp, earnest cadence to a joint session of the Legislature as the 2007 session got under way. Full story here.

The speech text is here: stateofstate.doc The Democratic response was offered by freshman Rep. Bill Heller of St. Petersburg.


The Senate Democratic response was offered by Sen. Steve Geller. Read it: DemResponse.doc .

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:33pm]


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