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Gallagher Renews Call for Insurance Rate Relief

4/12/2006

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Nuevos Datos de la Conferencia de Cálculo de Ingresos Proporciona Más Motivos para la Ayuda

                        TALLAHASSEE – The Florida General Revenue Estimating Conference today released new estimates stating Florida is expected to receive an additional $960 million in unanticipated revenue this year and the next.  El cálculo actual se suma a los $3.2 mil millones en ingresos incrementados que anunció la Conferencia de Cálculo de Ingresos el pasado mes de noviembre.
 
"This surplus of nearly $4.2 billion strengthens the case for providing immediate insurance rate-relief to Florida's homeowners," said Tom Gallagher, Florida's Chief Financial Officer.  "Providing rate relief for Florida's families using surplus tax dollars is good public policy and I'm encouraged by the growing support for it from Governor Bush and state lawmakers.   This is not a bailout of Citizens, it is common-sense relief for Florida's hard-hit homeowners."
 
Desde 2004, Gallagher ha pedido a la Legislatura que utilice el excedente de la recaudación tributaria para compensar los gravámenes de Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, en lugar de imponer impuestos dos veces sobre los residentes de la Florida por los daños ocasionados por múltiples huracanes.  Cuando la Legislatura creó Citizens, la aseguradora del estado de último recurso, ordenó que toda falta en los recaudación se recupere con gravámenes sobre los propietarios de viviendas.
 
"Rate relief is a short-term solution and should be tied to long-term fixes," Gallagher said.  "I applaud Governor Bush and state lawmakers for considering my proposals to provide relief to homeowners as well as long-term, comprehensive reforms of Citizens and our insurance market."
 
"The eight hurricanes which stuck Florida in less than 15 months created problems that no one could have ever anticipated," Gallagher said.  "Addressing those challenges, reducing the burdens on Florida homeowners and preparing Florida's families for future storms remain my top priorities this session."

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    CRECE EL APOYO A LA REBAJA IMPOSITIVA PARA LOS RESIDENTES DE LA FLORIDA

"If there are additional reforms that are going to be put on the table, which the Legislature is really pursuing, to its credit, then I think providing some financial support from the reserves we have is more than appropriate," said Governor Jeb Bush.
St. Pete Times – April 4, 2006

"I'm open-minded to addressing some of these deficits," said Senate President Tom Lee.  "I think we can resolve the cat fund through a relatively painless cash buildup. If you have a pot of money you're setting aside to fund property and casualty deficits in government-run entities, it's a fair debate to discuss where to put that money."
Palm Beach Post – April 7, 2006

"To me, it's just like a tax cut," said House Speaker Allan Bense, joining Gov. Jeb Bush and Lee in support of using tax money for Citizens.  "We can either send people checks they can use toward their assessments, or we can figure out a way to get that directly to the people…"
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel – April 9, 2006