Lobbyist looks at 2007 Florida Legislature by Mitch E. Perry03/06/07
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
Property taxes will be the biggest issue that state lawmakers will tackle this legislative session. Democrats have said they don’t support Governor Crist, nor House Speaker Rubio’ s plans to bring property tax relief to homeowners. House Democrats are expected to counter with their own property-tax plan later tomorrow, possibly centering on a proposal to increase the homestead exemption but set the increase to a percentage of the median home value within individual counties.
Democratic lawmakers also are working on a proposed "renters homestead" that would offer income-based rebates to people who don't own their homes.
But even as members from both parties discuss working together in a bi-partisan fashion, the Governor is likely to warn lawmakers against overspending. The potential $800 million drop in expected tax dollars comes just weeks after lawmakers said collections were already on pace to fall more than $620 million below initial expectations.
Vic DiMaio is a Democratic Party political consultant in Tampa, and a registered lobbyist for several broadcasting companies. He says with Jeb Bush no longer around, things will be much different in Tallahassee (roll tape#1 o.q.”from the top down”) That’s Democratic Party political consultant Victor DiMaio, who also works as a registered lobbyist in Tallahassee