State Legislature Passes School, Storm Tax Holidays

The Florida House and Senate approved a 3-day back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend, under a new bill (HB 7087) voted on by Legislatures Sunday.

During a week-long period in June, Floridians would be able to buy batteries, portable radios and generators tax-free. The bill also creates a seven-day storm preparation tax holiday later this year. 

The nearly $170 million tax cut package also includes a slight decrease in the tax charged on commercial rent and a cut in tax charged on fuel used by airlines.

Gov. Rick Scott proposed his own tax cut package, but legislators either scaled back or ignored the governor's suggestion.

Scott wanted a 10-day back to school tax holiday and he also wanted to cut the cost of renewing or getting a driver's license.

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