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Charlie Justice: Bottled water is ‘a rich man’s drink’

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In an effort to generate more revenue, Florida legislators are considering a special excise tax on bottled water.

“Nobody really needs to drink bottled water,” argued tax advocate, Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach). “Municipal water systems provide all the water people need.”

Bipartisan support came from Senator Charlie Justice who characterized bottled water as “a rich man’s drink. If a person can afford to buy bottled water then he can afford to pay a tax on it.”  I read this story on another blog and could not believe Justice said such a thing, but then I remember Justice’s other foot-in-mouth line in which he referred to the possible tax on bottled water and said that “a lot people … probably don’t know whether it’s taxed or not.”

Quotes like that have me wondering what’s in Charlie Justice’s Aquafina???

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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