Florida’s new Speaker of the House isn’t completely enamored with Charlie Crist’s optimism. Asked today if Crist’s approach would work, the new Speaker seemed to indicate otherwise:
“I love optimism. I love optimism,” Cretul said in a news conference. “But I also have been around long enough (to know) that sometimes even optimism is not necessarily the solution to the problem.” Do you feel like the governor has been too optimistic? “I think you need to probably to ask the governor that.”
Cretul promised a more realistic approach, including a indication that a temporary tax increase was on the table.
House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, told reporters today that he would entertain debate on a temporary sales tax increase.
“One of the graet things about being part of this process is there are always ideas,” Cretul said. “Those ideas do need to be vetted out.”