Tax Increase Gains Momentum

By: Mike Vasilinda
By: Mike Vasilinda

Schools are facing the immediate lost of one hundred forty dollars for each and every student. The cut has the Florida PTA telling lawmakers that enough is enough.

“The overall message from our parents is ‘please, no more cuts,’” Latha Krishnaiyer with the Florida PTA said.

Across the Capitol, this senate committee talked about eliminating 570 slots for developmentally disabled kids. It was enough to prompt the conservative chairman to mention the T word.

“There’s some equity in looking about the fiscal and financial transactions that go on in Florida, that maybe we don’t get our fair share for taking care of these overwhelming needs,” Sen. Durell Peaden said.

There is concern that cuts being made now could cost the state up to 40 million dollars next year in federal money destined for foster care.

The Governor is on board with the plan to cut now, but what about later?

When asked if he saw a point, in the near future, where he would support a tax increase, the Governor replied, “not now.”

Democratic Senator Nan Rich says waiting will hurt people.

“For instance, if you did the cigarette tax now, then it starts right away. I mean we can start it pretty quickly, and the revenue begins to come in,” Rich said.

A cigarette tax hike remains the most likely place for lawmakers to turn. But the fact GOP leaders are saying everything is on the table is the most dramatic public policy change to come from the special session.


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  • by spock Location: saturn on Jan 7, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:35 PM is correct and to the point. They don't know how to meet in the middle...It's all a power struggle and the more powerful a certain individual is, the better chance he has to make more money. Money and power brokers, that's what we have elected.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Anonymous, dems have had the house and senate for the last 2 years, however, all parties are to blame as well as state, local, federal governments, just like your car it may run great now but sooner or later it will need repairs and all levels of The facts are cuts have to be made, there is tremendous waste in the all levels of government and cuts can be made much like we do at home when things get tight. People can adapt and there comes a time you have to cut instead of raising taxes and making new fees, license ect. Regardless of who you support, dem, rep, ind. they all work against each other. Neither party has all the answers or is completely right, we need all sides to work togather because we are different in our views and that can make for bad laws altogather. Some will suffer while others don't and just the opposite at other times. I know both parties could have done a lot better, yet they will fight again until the next election while the people suffer over who has power.
  • by tally Location: thugtown on Jan 7, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    Just wait till gold hits $1,000.00/ounce and thugs start beating the grillz out of your mouth.
  • by me Location: tally on Jan 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    The Democrats were in charge of Freddie and Fannie. Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and Obama accepted money from them. They got this money because those 3 and the Democratic Black Caucus asked them to give loans to unqualified people. Initially, it was a boom(that's the reason for the kickback to the dems), years later, those loans ballooned and many went bust! COMMON SENSE-What part of that mentioned Republicans? BTW, I'm an independent and don't like either party, however, I place blame where it should be. Even if it had have been an Independent. Don't worry folks the taxes are coming. SMOKER, these tax bases will spread across the US. Your cigarettes won't be cheap anywhere. Six states are considering "mileage taxes", if you don't know what they are, google them. Dems are pushing a higher federal gas tax, google it. The idea of taxing internet sales is coming, google it. They have even proposed taxing emails. Some states are very close on this one. MI and UT already doing it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    To Susan..okay you blame the Democrats for all of this (None of it is Bush's fault). But yet you blame things on Clinton, even though Republicans were in charge of Congress. Twisted Logic!
  • by Smoker Location: Florida on Jan 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    Well, If they try to tax cigarettes any more in this state, or as I say, punishing one group of people, Then I will just have my brother who is a truck driver, buy my cigs out of state and bring them to me!! Then the state will be out of revenue from my purchases. Look at it this way, when a store overprices, shoppers go elsewhere.
  • by Susan Location: Florida on Jan 7, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Although I am a smoker, I agree with increasing tax on cigarettes, alcohol, increase speeding fines and cost of drivers license. Our children are our future and should NOT suffer because of the people in the Senate and Congress will not suggest cutting their own pay. God forbid THAT should happen. And don't forget.....the DEMOCRAPS are in control so don't try blaming the republicans.
  • by common sense on Jan 7, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    Hey don't blame the DEMs cause the Rep. put us in this situation! and of course taxes are gonna be raised in order to try to stimulate the economy and remember Obama is president until Jan 20th...so this is still Bush doings!!!and BLACK WOMEN, I'm a Black Man and I'm telling you to shut up!! It's people like you that bring our race down cause last time i checked if you have a JOB your paying higher taxes also...unless your on welfare, go handle your responsiblity and register to vote!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Why not tax cigarettes, beer, and liquor? Seems to me the only people that would have a problem with this are people that spend alot of money on them already, so they probably need a reason to quit or cut back anyways.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Of course blame the Dems. Republicans are angels and never do anything wrong! Unless you're underage, a felon, illegal alien, or alien in general, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT YOU'RE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE!
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