Based on past years, and comments from House and Senate leaders, Gov. Rick Scott will get a tax-cut package to sign in 2018 when he is expected to be ramping up a run for U.S. Senate.
The package may not be exactly as he’s requested — a nearly $180 million proposal made up of sales-tax “holidays” and a rollback of some 2009 hikes on driver’s license fees.
But odds are, lawmakers will give Scott at least part of what he wants.
Sen. Rob Bradley, who this week took over as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers will look carefully at Scott’s proposal.
“We also need to make sure that what we consider to be the basic needs, fundamental needs of the state government, are financed appropriately,” Bradley said. He added, “We’ve always been supportive of tax cuts. Whether the number ends up at $180 (million) or something less, that remains to be seen.”
House Ways & Means Chairman Paul Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, said the details will depend, in part, on the growing state tab for Hurricane Irma.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran was more confident.
“Of course, we look forward to partnering with Governor Scott on his tax cut proposal,” Corcoran, of Land O’Lakes, said in a statement.
Scott made several appearances across the state this week promoting the proposal, and even made a rare appearance before Renner’s committee.
Scott’s proposal would reverse portions of fee increases imposed on motorists in 2009 after the recession hit. He also proposed a 10-day back-to-school sales tax “holiday” on clothes and school supplies and three weeklong disaster preparedness tax “holidays” in May, June and July.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.