GOP marks anniversary of Crist breaking no new tax pledge
Opening a new phase in its effort to define Charlie Crist as a soulless flip-flopper, Florida Republicans marked the four year anniversary of the former governor signing a state budget held up by $2.2 billion in new fees and taxes.
"The Republican Party of Florida today launched 'This Day In CRIST-ory,' a new research-based communications campaign that will highlight several different parts of Charlie Crist's record," the party said. "It will showcase research, facts, figures, pictures, videos and other items, much of which will be Crist's own words."
On May 28, 2009, Crist signed a $66.5 billion budget that included $2.2 billion in new fees and taxes, including a $1-a-pack cigarette tax and higher fees on driving licenses and motor vehicle tags. "The revenue estimates of last fall and this spring were disheartening to say the least and many predicted dark days for this state," Crist said then. "Today, I'm happy to say that the budget that I will sign is not nearly as dismal as they expected it to be."
Crist had long vowed not to raise taxes. But as the RPOF today points to his reversal, it's worth noting that the budget was passed by a Republican-controlled Legislature.