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Gelber wants prop tax results; Rubio says they're coming

Frustrated by the lack of progress at last Monday's meeting on property taxes, House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber dispatched a sternly-worded letter Thursday to House and Senate Republican leaders. Download gelber_letter.htm

In it, he called for legislators to buckle down and promise to address eight crucial issues he considers pivotal to the tax debate when they meet next -- June 4. That is the one and only meeting legislators have scheduled before the June 12 special session begins.

Gelber also urged legislative leaders to look before they leap and hire an outside group to run econometric models of their proposals. The models could tell lawmakers what impact their proposed structural changes to the tax code could have on economies and markets throughout the state.

House Speaker Marco Rubio told the Herald Thursday that he has staff "working round the clock" to come up with those answers and there's no need to go outside for them. "Some folks will start attacking the process in order to slow down the results,'' he said.

Gelber disagrees. "Almost everyday there's a new plan. That's terrific, except it's really important to get it right. We don't get a glitch bill with a constitutional amendment. I'm worried we're not looking at the interlocking pieces sufficiently.''