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Tamping down veto hopes?

So Florida TaxWatch rolls out $267-million worth of what it considers dubious "turkeys" in the new state budget, and its president, Dominic Calabro, says Gov. Charlie Crist "has to" veto them, lest he deliver what amounts to a blank check to the 2008 Legislature.

Crist's response suggested his own "turkey" list is more modest. "He hit a high number. He really did," Crist said of Calabro. "I hope that doesn't raise the expectations too much."

If Crist is perceived as wielding too light a touch with the veto pen, he may be perceived as caving in to his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. If, on the other hand, he uses a meat-ax approach, he'll surely antagonize lawmakers he has been praising for the past four months.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:24pm]

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