Nothing really to report from the first day of the Special Session other than the Legislature (the House specifically) has refused to hear any bills dealing with cigarette “user fees” (bill by Rep. Waldman) or “taxes” (bill by Rep. Pafford). 30+ placeholder bills have been filed in the Senate.
From the TU:
A push to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack to finance health care, rejected earlier by legislative leaders, failed on a voice vote in the House.
Sansom and Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, agreed to allow discussion of minor changes in some state fees.
Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, said Monday that legislators should be examining a wide range of tax breaks for businesses, saying some aren’t justified when the state is financially strapped.
“Our economy would be in a lot better shape, and our budget, … if we look at closing these loopholes,” he said.
He said the reasons for those tax breaks were outweighed by the potential for cuts to affect government services that many people depend upon.
“We’re talking about people’s lives,” he said. “We’re talking about children, we’re talking about the elderly.”
Oh - I am sure we will all be happy to know that our Representatives had plenty of time to consider and adopt a resolution introduced by Rep. Hasner (and co-sponsored by members of the Duval House Delegation, among others) supporting solidarity with Israel. Sorry, I don’t remember that subject being mentioned in the call for the Special Session.
Read more of the TU article here.
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