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100 Days and Counting

April 12th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Today’s is Charlie Crist’s 100th full day as governor. So far one of his biggest promises made on day one is unfulfilled, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, it is touch and go over whether that promise will be kept any time soon.

On day one, Charlie Crist made big promises. ““Item one on that agenda must be to reduce the burden of our people from the spiraling cost of property insurance and property taxes.”

Then he accomplished the near impossible. Getting lawmakers to compromise on insurance reform, although expectations on rate reductions have so far exceeded reality. Says Crist “There’s certainly more to do and we’ve gotta stay vigilant on this issue, Mike. I think we need to make sure that we continue to hold the insurance industry’s feet to the fire.”

Still, The Governor is getting high marks from most capitol insiders… Democrats included.
“I’m very proud of him. I’m glad he’s a Floridian.” says Democratic activist Gayle Andrews

But time is running out in the legislative session for property tax reform. Just three weeks remain…and the Senate waited until day 100th to unveil it’s long awaited plan.

“Let me be clear… this was no easy task.” says Senate President Ken Pruitt.

The governor’s popularity remains unprecedentedly high. His trick is to keep the property tax debate from languishing for the next 100 or even 200 days.”

But on day 100, the governor remains optimistic the promises made on day one will be fulfilled.
“I think there’s plenty of time to form a consensus to make sure that these property taxes drop like a rock. I know the people expect it”

And expect it they do.

Just how popular is the governor? A recent poll by Quinnipiac University shows Charlie Crist has a 73% approval rating and his ranking with democrats is almost as high as it is with republicans.

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