State looks at tax revenue from destination resorts

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Preliminary estimates from the state’s economists Friday show that allowing three destination resorts would have an immediate impact of up to $155 million in additional tax revenue in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and could bring in up to $319 million in tax revenue over the next three years, reports the News Service of Florida. Even this high-end estimate from the state falls far short of what some casino operators are estimating the tax windfall could be if the Legislature approves a bill (SB 710, HB

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