Haridopolos: ‘We will not raise taxes a single dime.’by Dara Kam | November 16th, 2010
Flanked by his wife and children, a tearful Mike Haridopolos took the gavel in the Senate, pledging to not raise taxes even as Florida faces a $2.5 billion budget shortfall.
“We will do more with less. We will tighten our own belt. And we will not raise taxes a single dime,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said after outgoing Senate President Jeff Atwater passed him the ceremonial torch.
A choked up Haridopolos got even more tearful when speaking of his immigrant father.
“You’ve given me a incredible honor and opportunity, and I’ll cherish it,” Haridopolos, 40, said. “My father was not even born in this country and his son is sitting here today. That’s what America’s all about. And I want to be proud of that.”