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Tallahassee Special? Nope, says Rubio



As the regular session wound down, House Speaker Marco Rubio suggested he would help a citizen ballot petition if lawmakers crafted a "Tallahassee special."  But the Miami Republican said Thursday night that he would support the creation of large homestead exemptions that are the centerpiece of the Legislature's two-part tax plan.

"Let me be clear," he told reporters. "I believe the voters of this state should approve this constitutional amendment on Jan. 29. It is the single largest tax cut in Florida's history. Every property owner in Florida is going to see a property tax reduction and some are going to see in excess of 44 percent. I think this makes the system more fair. I think it makes the system more affordable. I do not believe we should tax homeownership. But if we are going to tax, it should be fair and affordable."

On the eve of the vote, Rubio sent an e-mail informing supporters that "this compromise is not what the leadership of the House wanted" and there was more work to do. He said Thursday that tax reform "is never final."

"I will always hopefully be a part of the reform movement whether I'm inside or outside of elected office."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:28pm]


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