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Bill Heller looks ahead to Legislative session listen

01/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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For the third time in 10 months, state lawmakers today began making major cuts in the budget, which has been shattered by a drop in revenues due to a struggling state economy.

The budget cuts will likely be a stopgap measure. During the regular session that begins in March, there will likely be another round of trims, perhaps as large as $4 billion, to balance the coming year's spending plan.

Last week, Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican legislative leaders said that a source of potentia...

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Legislator wants to raise cigarette tax listen

11/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Florida has one of the lowest tax rates on cigarettes in the country. In the last legislative session, there was a push to increase the state sales tax on a pack of cigarette as a way to raise funds, but it went nowhere.

The state’s budget was in bad shape then; it’s in worse shape now, and the idea of raising taxes there is getting some bi-partisan support as Florida’s economic conditions worsen.

Gov. Charlie Crist could use his bully pulpit to lead on the issue, but the governor appea...

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McCain's plan to eliminate deficit in 2013 draws support listen

07/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In discussing his economic plan yesterday, John McCain said he’s going to cut the deficit out entirely in his term in office- and says he’ll do it by ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan or "by winning it." The conflicts have cost U.S. taxpayers $100 billion a year.

Steve Forbes is editor in chief of Forbes magazine and an economic advisor to John McCain. We asked him if what McCain is proposing is possible.

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