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READ THEIR LIPS: NO NEW TAXES FOR TAMPA STADIUM

     FL legislators "have a message for Tampa area politicians
who want to impose new taxes for a football stadium:  Don't waste
our time," write Joe Henderson and Ken Koehn in the TAMPA
TRIBUNE.  State Sen. Malcolm Beard: "I don't understand how those
elected officials down there can't get it through their thick
heads that the voters in Hillsborough County aren't in the mood
for more taxes."  State Rep. Rob Wallace said a local referendum
is now the only way to go if new taxes are going to be needed to
keep the Bucs (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/16).  In St. Pete, Jeff
Testerman writes a recent idea of borrowing money against the
local bed tax "is too risky," because taking funds from Tampa's
convention bureau could end up putting it out of business and cut
into the city's $150M per year convention bookings (ST.
PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/16).
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