Florida may lengthen back-to-school sales tax holiday

Florida may lengthen back-to-school sales tax holiday

Florida lawmakers, who are attempting to reach a final deal on a new budget, are expected to pass nearly $400 million of tax cuts, including a ten-day back-to-school sales tax holiday.

After remaining at odds for weeks over new spending plan, lawmakers are now apparently ready to compromise over various items and hit a deal. They are now in the middle of a special session that has purposely been called to pass a state budget.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans moved ahead with an over $400 million tax-cut package, which includes a reduction in Florida's cell phone and cable TV taxes. It would also extend late-summer sales tax holiday on clothes & school supplies, covering two weekends.

Port Orange Republican Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who is in charge of the Senate Finance & Tax Committee, said, "This is a good tax-cut package. It is broad based and it touches nearly every person in the state."

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, a Republican from Merritt Island, said, it was all about "finding compromise."

A budget plan could no be passed during the House and Senate's regular session because of a divide over healthcare and whether to further expand healthcare coverage for state residents or not.

State government will partially shut down in case lawmakers do not agree on a new spending plan and a budget is not in place by July 1.

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