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Rick Scott Calls Trimmed Tax Cut Package 'Positive'

June 2, 2015 - 6:30pm

A House committee, voting mostly along party lines, advanced a less robust tax-cut package Tuesday that drastically trims Gov. Rick Scott's call to reduce taxes on pay-TV and cellphone bills.

Claiming a need to raise money for health care, the Republican-dominated House Finance and Tax Committee, in a 12-5 vote, approved a $273.2 million tax-cut package (HB 33A) for the coming fiscal year that maintains many features of a $690 million plan (HB 7141) that the House proposed during this spring's regular legislative session.

'More Realistic' Tax Cuts Expected

June 1, 2015 - 8:45pm

Floridians could still get a reduction in their cable-TV and cellphone bills as part of a new House tax-cut package, but the overall plan likely will fall short of the tax cuts sought by Gov. Rick Scott.

Also, Scott's call to permanently lift the sales tax on the purchase of college textbooks may be altered, as the House is repackaging a tax-cut package (HB 7141) from the regular legislative session to help develop a budget that lawmakers say will include higher health-care costs.

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