Florida Gov. wants more tax holidays and cuts in license fees

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott during his final year in office wants fees and taxes cut by $180 million.

Scott announces his proposal on Monday. It will be considered during the 2018 legislative session that starts in January.

The package is much smaller than last year’s $618 million request and is directed at residents instead of businesses.

Scott wants a 10-day back-to-school tax holiday where residents would not pay sales taxes on clothes. He also is proposing three, one-week-long tax holidays where the state would waive taxes on hurricane preparation supplies. The tax holidays would take place in May, June and July.

The governor also wants to cut the price of renewing a driver’s license.

He wants to reduce the fee by more than 58 percent from $48 to $20. The fee for first-time driver’s licenses would go down to $27 from $48. The fee for a commercial driver’s license would be reduced to $67 from $75.

State legislators have already warned that they may have to pursue budget cuts during the 2018 session.


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