Grover Norquist, the President of the powerful Americans for Tax Reform, has threatened to go after Florida Legislators who violate the anti-tax pledges they signed with his lobbying group when they first ran for office.
It’s the read-my-lips moment that some Florida lawmakers dread: having to break a pledge not to raise taxes.
A state budget $3 billion in the hole has the Legislature considering raising the cigarette tax, the biggest single levy to gain serious momentum in the Capitol in nearly 20 years.
Dozens of fees are being jacked up or created. Corporate income tax breaks are being reviewed. Some sales tax exemptions may be closed.
This has caused palpable anxiety in Tallahassee, where the Republican majority is about to reverse position on a founding principle against higher taxes.
But the pain is most acute for those Republicans who put it in writing.
At the top of that list? Governor Charlie Crist, Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater.
Perhaps Charlie Crist might want to review this old video…”They’ll push and I’ll say ‘no’, they’ll push again and I’ll say ‘no’…”