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Tax ruling a 'blessing in disguise?'



Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday a judge's rejection of a "misleading" ballot issue on property taxes may be "a blessing in disguise" because the re-do could open the door for even bigger property tax cuts. He cited two avenues for fixing the problem: appealing Circuit Judge Charles Francis' ruling or passing a new tax proposal in the upcoming special session.

Crist's preference? "I really don't have one. I just want it to be on the ballot. That's my preference."  The clock is ticking: The state faces an Oct. 31 deadline to meet the 90-day requirement for an election.

Was it the right call? "I"m not sure ... I don't know." Was the language misleading and confusing? "It kind of depends on how you look at it... I don't necessarily feel that way, but I guess I can see how a judge might, and I respect that."   

Questioned about backroom no-fault insurance talks, closed-door Seminole Tribe gambling negotiations and a backstage discussions on cutting the budget, Crist said: "I don't think there's been a more open government in the history of Florida than what's gone on here."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:06pm]


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