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Crist: cut gas tax

Gov. Charlie Crist just gave a Radio Carcol interview and said he'd like to slash gas taxes. "With the high price of gas, it may be a way to alleviate some financial difficulties for our fellow Floridians," he said afterward.

But there's no guarantee that prices will lower. One problem lawmakers have found with cutting gas taxes is that some stations keep their prices the same and pocket the money that would otherwise go to the state.

House Speaker Marco Rubio said the last time the Legislature cut gas taxes in 2004, it yielded "mixed results" and caused widespread "havoc on our gas supplies in this state.... I'm not against the idea, but there have been some pitfalls."

Also, cutting gas taxes would mean less money for road building, so don't expect the road-building-happy Senate to go along.

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