Eight things to know about Jeb Bush's record

Jeb Bush, governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, is actively exploring a run for president. As a member of the Bush political dynasty, Jeb already has a famous name. But what did he do as governor, and what has he done since?

1. Bush was a tax-cutter

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Dallas Council of World Affairs luncheon, April 24, 2013.

During his eight years as governor of Florida, Bush-backed legislation produced between $10 billion and $19 billion in tax cuts, depending on how it’s counted. Florida does not have a state income tax, so the tax cuts came in other ways: on homes, businesses, investments, large estates. The bulk came through a repeal of the wealth tax on financial instruments, according to Politico

But Bush does not rule out tax increases absolutely. He has never signed Grover Norquist’s “no new tax” pledge. In 2012, when asked during a congressional hearing whether he would agree to a budget deal that included small tax increases alongside major tax cuts, he said yes.

“If you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we’re going to have $10 of spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement – put me in, Coach,” said Bush.

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