January 19, 2005

SOLID AS GRANITE:

Gov. Bush proposes tax cuts (GARY FINEOUT, MARC CAPUTO AND MARY ELLEN KLAS, 1/19/05, Miami Herald)

With two years left to leave his mark, Gov. Jeb Bush proposed a budget Tuesday that returns to the conservative themes that have shaped his time in office: lower taxes, smaller government and another attempt to clamp down the spiraling costs of Medicaid.

Bush proposed a $61.6 billion budget for the coming year that calls for nearly $300 million in tax cuts -- eliminating a tax on beer, wine and liquor sold at bars and restaurants, offering a nine-day sales-tax holiday for clothes and school supplies, and cutting by half the state tax on stocks and bonds owned by investors.

''This is a common-sense budget,'' Bush said during a news conference where he reviewed his recommendations. ``It is based on sound conservative principles. It will allow . . . the needs of our state to be met but done in a way that doesn't mortgage off our future.''


You can sell that in NH.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2005 9:25 AM
Comments

I believe at this point Jeb is the GOP's best candidate in 2008. I think the dynasty issue is overblown and goes out the window if Hillary is the Dem nominee. But it appears Jeb may sit out '08 or even '12 and then maybe take a shot.

Posted by: AWW at January 19, 2005 1:04 PM

Some political analysts predict Jeb Bush will not run for president because of the problems with his daughter.

Posted by: Vince at January 19, 2005 8:05 PM

Isn't that a qualification for president?

Posted by: oj at January 19, 2005 8:19 PM

Only if she starts advising Daddy on nuclear proliferation.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 19, 2005 9:57 PM
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