Gallagher's extra: a post-Castro state official

March 1, 2006

Miami Herald- Gary Fineout

TALLAHASSEE - The two Republicans vying to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush offered startingly similar economic proposals on Tuesday: A call for tax cuts, a call to let homeowners hold onto a property tax break even if they move, and legislation to make it harder to sue businesses.

But Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher went further than his rival, Attorney General Charlie Crist: Gallagher also wants the state to cap how much counties can increase their budgets and proposed hiring the state's first 'Cuba transition coordinator,' a person working for the governor whose job would be to prepare Florida for the aftermath of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.


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