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Chainsaw Vs. Scalpel: Scott Weighs Tax Cut Package

Governor Rick Scott suggested a chainsaw but lawmakers preferred a scalpel when it comes to the latest round of tax cuts. 

The $91.6 million tax-cut package that just landed on Scott’s desk falls far short of the $618 million behemoth he proposed. But it has some incentives Scott is bound to like.

The plan cuts a sliver off of the 6 percent commercial lease tax, lowering it to 5.8 percent. There’s a three-day, tax-free holiday for hurricane supplies beginning June 1. Back-to-school shoppers would also get three days of relief, beginning August 4 th.

The plan also eliminates Florida’s sales tax on feminine hygiene products that women’s groups have been targeting for decades.

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Jim Ash is a reporter at WFSU-FM. A Miami native, he is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.
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