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Headline of the day – Pay as you go: FL lawmaker seeks to tax toilet paper

FL State Sen. Al Lawson wants to tax two cents a roll. There will be a market for truly economy size rolls now.

Bloggrrl Ms. Julien‘s down in Key West. I hope you get to comment on this one. What is going on in your state? (Sun-Sentinel):

Florida’s Legislature is flush with good ideas. Sen. Al Lawson’s involves a 2 cent-per-roll tax on toilet paper to pay for wastewater treatment and help small towns upgrade their sewer systems.

The Democratic lawmaker’s pay-as-you-go bill has been the source of many jokes — bathroom humor you might say — but he says the issue is a serious one, especially in some of the fast-growing Panhandle coastal counties in his district. “They’re experiencing a tremendous boom in growth and they’re not able to accommodate the growth,” Lawson said.

“We’ve got 17 million people in this state and all of them can contribute to protecting our underground water supply.”

In a Republican-dominated Legislature that doesn’t like new taxes, the idea is likely to pretty quickly end up in the tank. Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said he didn’t think it would get too far, but didn’t rule it out.

We’ll be getting to the bottom of it real soon,” Lee said.

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