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Local university professors are pushing against the Republican tax overhaul that’s moving through Congress, saying the legislation will irreparably harm graduate education.

Three professors from Florida International University and a peer from the University of Miami visited Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office earlier this week to share their concerns about the plan.

House Tax Bill Would Scrap Deduction For Medical Expenses

Nov 3, 2017

The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs.

Gov. Rick Scott, expected to run for U.S. Senate next year, wants lawmakers to put on the 2018 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for future legislators to raise taxes.

Florida Tax Watch is calling for Governor Rick Scott to veto money for more than 100 projects it calls “budget turkeys” that didn’t go through the legislature’s proper vetting process. But the watchdog group says the process was more transparent this year.

Members of the Florida House moved through a long list of bills during a floor session Tuesday. The meeting teed up several tax cut proposals for a floor vote.

Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday

Millions of taxpayers are rushing to complete their federal and state filings before the April 18 deadline. Among them are several million people in this country illegally, and there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing than in years past.

Florida lawmakers want to phase out community redevelopment agencies that combat blight and slums. Complaints of misuse of funds and corruption are plaguing CRAs. But local governments are fighting to save them.

A decades old subsidy for the insurance industry is shedding light on differing approaches for cutting taxes in the state.  A Senate panel approved a plan to plow the money into reducing a business rent tax.

State officials are warning Floridians about scams during tax season.

Governor Rick Scott told the state’s media executives Wednesday he wants to continue setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars to lure businesses to Florida.  

Florida is home to many world-famous flight schools, but the taxes on aviation fuel can further elevate the already sky-high education costs. Florida lawmakers see those taxes as unnecessary ballast.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

It's tax season, and for the first time, people filing tax returns will be asked if they have health insurance. Under the federal health law, there is a tax penalty for not having insurance.  United Way Suncoast is once again offering free tax prep help.  This year, they're partnering with Covering Tampa Bay, a group that works to enroll people in health plans.  Danielle Laughlin is an income strategies manager for the United Way.

Businesses could see their electricity taxes cut in half under a proposal Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam is pushing. The commissioner’s plan would also dedicate the remaining tax revenue to education.

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed cutting vehicle registration fees as part of his election year plan to save voters $500 million in taxes. On Wednesday, Putnam offered his alternative: Slash businesses’ electricity levy by 50 percent and spend the rest of the electricity taxes on schools.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Gov. Rick Scott brought his so-called "It's Your Money" tour to Tampa’s gridiron Thursday. He huddled with supporters and faced off against his critics at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Scott wants to cut $500 million in taxes and fees next year and is touring the state to generate support.

His most recent audience included realtors who want to see him cut taxes on commercial leases and business leaders who hope he’ll trim taxes like those charged on corporate power bills.

Governor Scott Changes His Mind on Amazon Deal

Jun 14, 2013
Bill McCollum / WUSF News

After initially rejecting a proposal from Amazon, Gov. Rick Scott just announced he reached a deal with the company.  It could bring almost 3,000 jobs to the state.  

Ideologically speaking, Republicans aren't fans of taxes.  That is what forced Rick Scott to think long and hard about the state's deal with Amazon. Along with jobs, the deal also meant the company would begin collecting sales taxes from Florida residents who buy from Amazon. 

MyFlorida.com

The Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting has revived the debate in many state legislatures over new gun laws as well as school security and mental health care.

After holding roundtable discussions with gun owners, teachers and law enforcement officers, State Rep. Linda Stewart of Orlando came to a conclusion about Florida’s elementary schools.