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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…

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Phones, friends are distracting problem for teen drivers

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Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash. It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 6 of 10 moderate to severe crashes. That’s four times the rate in…

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House wants to cut taxes on cellphones and textbooks

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With a budget stalemate still possible, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Tuesday rolled out a hefty package of tax cuts and tax breaks that it wants to push through during this year’s session. House leaders are pitching nearly $700 million in tax cuts, including a substantial cut in the taxes charged on cellphones and cable television, a three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday, and exempting college textbooks from sales taxes. “We want to send that money back to the kitchen tables…

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