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Rubio: Senate might quit on taxes, but I won't

House Speaker Marco Rubio all but called the Senate quitters on the property-tax issue in a Tuesday conference call with reporters. He said he has all but given up hope that a new property-tax issue will pass the Legislature in the spring because the Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate said they were done with the issue.

"Unfortunately what was produced yesterday will end up being the very best that Tallahassee can produce. It's a small solution to a very big problem,'' he said. He said Rubio said it would "be ideal" if the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission picked up where legislators left off, but he wasn't sure if the special Constitutional group would be able to come up with anything for voters, either.

He said a citizens' petition, therefore, was the likely default but was "the least desirable route" because of laws limiting those proposed amendments to a single subject and there's no in-depth fiscal analysis of what effect such a proposal would do.

Rubio said he wouldn't campaign against this amendment. "I don't view myself as campaigning for this," Rubio said, noting Gov. Charlie Crist is campaigning for it. Rubio said "I might" show up to a Miami event with Crist tomorrow "if I'm invited." He initially said he didn't know anything about the event, and later said he might show or might not because he's giving a speech in Orlando night.

Crist and Senate leaders have said one of the strengths of the new plan is that it's popular in public-opinion surveys. But Rubio seemed to take issue with that.

"I don't think leadership equates to polling. You do what's right. You do what you think is best and then you use your persuasive capital," Rubio said. "I don't think Martin Luther King took polls. I don't think Abraham Lincoln took polls."

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Please stop whining, Speaker Rubio.

I am especially offended that you are moaning about how dificult it is to get a CITIZENS' INTITIATIVE on the ballot.

My question, sir: Why did you cave into the Big Money special interests and allow the Legislature to stick it to citizens, by making it so hard to get a question on the ballot?

Crist and the Senate leaders are morons that need to be voted out of office. We'll continue to have a real estate crash--real people will be forced into bankruptcy. And Crist and Pruitt will be talking about an $11 billion "cut" that doesn't reduce anyone's tax bill. This will kill recent homeowners, who at this point, will beg for someone to take their home or just walk away from it. They have doomed the real estate market.

Kenny Rodgers

Sing to "Ruby" by Kenny Rogers

You teased us all with your promise for total tax relief

Rubio, we're now asking "where the hell's the beef?"

The shadow on the wall tells me, that sine die is going down

Oh, Rubio, don't leave your job undone

It wasn't me who started that old crazy Tallahassee war,

But I was proud to join so our taxes would not be a lot more

And yes, it's true that you are not the man you claimed to be

Oh, Rubio, I still need some tax relief today

It's hard to love a speaker whose promise is bent and paralyzed

And the wants and the needs of a speaker your age, Rubio, I realize

But it won't be long, I've heard them say, until you're not around

Oh, Rubio, don't leave your job undone

He's leaving now, 'cause I just heard the slamming of the door

The way I know I've heard it slam a hundred times before

And if you had balls, you'd get the votes and pass this thing unbound

Oh, Rubio, don't leave your job undone

Oh, Rubio, for God's sake stand your ground

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