Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

How much will governor's tax cuts cost? Legislators to find out today

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist's package of proposed tax cuts and fee hikes will get price tags today as lawmakers further scrutinize his spending plans.

State economists will estimate the cost to Florida 's coffers with Crist's proposals, which include limiting tax increases on non-homestead property and an extra tax break for first-time home buyers

Lawmakers have recoiled at Crist's budget proposal because it is based on an old revenue forecast. Lawmakers question how realistic his spending plan is when Crist's top budgeters admit things will become even tighter.

"Will the governor come back to us in a few days or even in a week or so and update his budget to tie to economic realities and to revenue facts?" said a skeptical Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Crist, who didn't mention the tax package in his State of the State speech Tuesday, will be traveling Florida today to tout his Cover Florida health insurance program, including stops in Miami and Tampa .

How much will governor's tax cuts cost? Legislators to find out today 03/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:16am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Deputies responding to car crash in Riverview find shooting victim inside


    RIVERVIEW — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating after deputies responding to a single-car crash late Wednesday discovered someone in the car had been shot, authorities said.

  2. Commentary: Ten years later, the iPhone owns us


    Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature "Sermon on the Mount" style. On June 29, it became available to the public. Ten years later, the phone has spread like Christianity. The device represents "the pinnacle product of all capitalism," as Brian Merchant …

    Apple is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release on June 29, 2007. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida education news: School grades, teacher pay, transgender lawsuit and more


    SCHOOL GRADES: Florida's school grades showed improvement as the state's revised accountability system entered its third year in its current form. …

    Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates her school's A grade with students in a summer program at the school.
  4. Whiskey wasn't my thing, but then I visited the Teeling Distillery in Ireland



    If you drink your way through a four-day trip to Ireland, can you make an honest recommendation on anything?

    The focal point of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin is the copper pots used in the process.
  5. Faulty AC leaves Chinsegut manor house, supporters steaming

    Human Interest


    As summer temperatures climb, volunteers at Chinsegut Hill Manor House say a faulty air-conditioning system has put them in a hot spot.

    Thomas Hoops of Tampa, left, takes a breather with his 1-year-old daughter, Zoe Hoops, on the porch of the Chinsegut Hill Manor House.