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Floridians Willing To Pay Higher Taxes?

April 8th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

A new Mason Dixon poll found most Floridians are willing to pay higher taxes if they know how the money is going to be spent. 63 percent agree that it is more important for lawmakers to fund schools and heath care than to remain faithful to a pledge not to raise taxes. Virginia Wetherell of the Florida Alliance of Concerned Taxpayers also says voters want the state to do business with Florida companies.

People would obviously like to have no new taxes, but they think its more important to have a state that takes care of its vital needs, like education and healthcare,” Wetherell said. “They think its more important that policy makers look at the smartest way to spend their tax dollars rather than just stick to a pledge that maybe doesnt make sense.

The group says voters support a dollar hike in the cigarette tax, allowing the state to collect money from Indian gambling and would like to sales tax loopholes closed.

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