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Florida Legislature OKs more than $400 million in tax cuts

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Floridians will get a 10-day tax break on school supplies, computers and clothes under a more than $400 million tax cut package approved by the Florida Legislature.

The Senate on Monday passed the tax cut bill by a 34-2 margin. The Florida House also approved it by a 91-2 margin and sent it to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

The tax holiday will be held Aug. 7 to Aug. 16.

The legislation also contains a cut in the state tax charged on cellphones and cable television.

Scott pushed legislators to pass nearly $700 million of tax cuts. But legislators scaled back the tax cut amount in order to boost funding to hospitals.

In a statement, Scott applauded the Legislature for passing the package:

“Giving Floridians back more of the money they earn in tax cuts is the best thing we can do to keep Florida’s economy growing. Cutting Florida’s cell phone and TV tax is particularly important because it will save money for Florida families who pay a cell phone, satellite or cable TV bill. Florida’s budget had an over $1 billion budget surplus this year because of the hard work of Floridians, and this tax cut package will send more than $400 million back to the people who earned it. I applaud the Florida House and the Florida Senate for their work on this legislation and I look forward to working with them to keep cutting taxes next year and to keep Florida working.”  

Legislators returned to Tallahassee June 1 after failing to pass a budget during their regular session.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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