Sunday, January 4, 2009

Crist: I'm not "warm and fuzzy" about tax increases

In the face of a $2.3 billion deficit and prospect of cutting popular social service programs, Florida Governor Charlie Crist is standing firm against tax increases.

The deepening recession is also increasing demand for Medicaid, unemployment benefits and food stamps, which one in 10 Floridians already receive.

But Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is unlikely to join his Republican counterpart from California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in proposing any combination that would include new taxes.

"I'm not warm and fuzzy about that," concedes Crist, who faces some opposition within his own party on some of his suggestions.