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TABOR dying in the Senate

For the third time, a Senate panel has TPd a bill establishing TABOR-style caps on local and state government.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Haridopolos of Melbourne, was supposed to come up in the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee but it was tabled without discussion. (On March 18, several Republicans told Haridopolos it was not prudent to pursue in this economic climate.)

Today's announcement led to an exodus of city and county lobbyists and officials from the room. Outside, they expressed something just short of victory. "We're cautiously optimistic," said Craign Mosteller of the Florida Association of Counties.

Haridopolos said afterward that he is focused on the budget. He did not concede defeat but noted that the goal is to get the measure on the 2010 ballot, meaning next session is in play too.


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In these economic times, it is EXACTLY the time to put money back into peoples' pockets - instead of every form of government digging their grubby hands deeper and deeper into our pockets !!!!!....


No, in these economic times the very best thing you could do is to make sure government services are running, unless, you want another depression. The last round of cuts hurt schools, libraries, parks, police, fire departments, jail, DCF, Health services, & the list continues. Was it worth the extra $240.00 everyone who owes property got back?

Giving citizens back even more money, oh let's say you pay zero tax on real estate. Ok, how much have you gained? A few thousand dollars realistically, maybe $2,000.00. that's great, if you have a job with health insurance. What do you lose? Police, Fire-Fighters, schools, buses and again the list goes on. Not to mention you've created even more unemployment, put more housing in an already bloated and stale market, further decreasing the likelihood that Florida will recover and devaluing the market prices on all homes in the immediate area.

It's short-sighted to think the key to making things right again, is less taxes and less regulation. We tried that as a nation for 8 years, where is the country now financially?


Isn't this the issue being pushed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses? I hear their Executive Director is on vacation at the beach this week. Are they representing small businesses, or just taking their money?

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