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Tallahassee Tuesday’s Hispanic Business Owners

October 9th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist got resounding reviews from a handful of Hispanic
Business owners invited to the Governor’s mansion to brief the Governor
on their concerns. Property taxes is high on their list, but when the
topic of Insurance came up, the Governor responded in a very animated
fashion. “All of last year, they profited 63 Billion..and in the last three
months…32 Billion. What does that tell you about this industry,
without a major storm? They’re not doing what you do, in my humble
opinion, by what you do with your customers. Treating them right
treating them fair and honest , ” Crist told the group.

Afterward, Mark Lopez, a banker from Tampa, thought it was worth his time.
“ I think he’s very receptive and I think he’s got his eye on the ball in
those areas as far as property taxes and insurance and things that are
really hurting our state right now at the present time. I think that
when you look at future programs, economic development is certainly
where we want to go.”

Gloria Pugh of Tallahassee also found the governor willing to listen.
“The affordable housing is a very, very important issue to me as well as
education because of the fact that we as employers are having a very
difficult time finding employees because they are living so far away and
with the fuel prices as they are, they are incurring a lot of expenses
just to get to work.”

Crist meets with average citizens at the Governor’s mansion once a month.

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