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PolitiFact rules ‘True’ on Charlie Justice’s statement about the GOP-controlled Legislature raising taxes

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From PolitiFact: “Facing a staggering budget shortfall last year, Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature had to make some tough decisions. Lawmakers relied on $5 billion in federal stimulus money, trimmed Medicaid reimbursement rates and cut several hundred government jobs. They also raised taxes and fees, a move that didn’t sit well with Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, who is running for the congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young…

Still, Justice’s comment about new taxes is generally correct. State economists confirm that lawmakers passed new taxes totaling more than $2 billion last session. Even though he was slightly low, Justice was close enough to earn a True. Full ruling here

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