On the same day that Gov. Rick Scott said he won’t sign the budget if it doesn? contain tax cuts he’s seeking, the Senate? Budget Chairman indicated there wasn? a large amount of support for those cuts in the Senate, reports the News Service of Florida. ?e always look at suggestions from the governor,?said Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales. But he added that he hasn? heard much urging from fellow senators and businesses to do corporate income tax cuts. There hasn? been ? lot of call from businesses in reduction of corporate taxes,?Alexander said. ? think the higher priority from most of the senators I?e spoken with is to perhaps reduce some of the fees that were instituted a year ago for tags and titles.?It was actually the 2009 Legislature that approved those fee increases. Alexander said the Senate? position is to try to balance the budget first, determine how much money is in reserves, and then consider any kind of tax or fee cut. Rolling back tag and title fees could be worth $500 million over two years, according to the St. Petersburg Times. ? would say pretty ubiquitously?ost senators are hearing from constituents that the most important issue are tags and title fees,?Alexander said.
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