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Effort to appease pari-mutuels is killing Seminole Compact

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If the Seminole Compact and related legislation don’t pass this session, lawmakers will have no one to blame but themselves, the tribe’s Tallahassee-based attorney said Tuesday. Barry Richard, who represents the Seminole Tribe of Florida, blamed the apparent Tuesday morning collapse of the 2016 gambling bills on lawmakers bending over backward to appease the state’s dog and horse racing concerns. “The issue hanging us up is what happens to the pari-mutuels,” he told FloridaPolitics.com in a phone interview. State Sen. Tom Lee,…

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House approves $1 billion tax cut package

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The Florida House passed a wide-sweeping tax cut package Thursday, setting the scene for negotiations with the Senate over the tax reductions. The House voted 96 to 17 to support the nearly $1 billion proposal, getting the support of several House Democrats. “Here’s in Florida we’re running counter-culture to many of the decisions that are made to our north and to our west,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, the chairman of the House finance and tax committee. “We’ve made the decision…

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House passes tax-cut package, uncertain in Senate

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Although the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a $690 million tax-cut package Thursday, it still faces an uncertain future in the Senate. While the Senate looks to plug a $2.2 billion hole in the healthcare budget, the House is focused on keeping Florida’s economy growing by cutting costs for households and businesses. “One of the best ways to have a vibrant economy is to put money back in the pocket of taxpayers. That is why we cut the cellphone and TV…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state coffers…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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  When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state…

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