April 17, 2014
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott tells employees of Vistakon in Jacksonville that he will be pushing for more tax breaks for manufacturers.

Photo: Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times-Union / AP Photo

Anitere Flores

Sen. Anitere Flores is pushing a bill that would allow dependent children of undocumented parents to pay in-state college rates.

Photo: Darryl Jarmon / The Florida Senate

Jack Latvala

Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, will be taking up the topic of election reform.

Photo: Darryl Jarmon / The Florida Senate

Foreclosure

The judicial foreclosure process now averages more than 600 days.

Photo: Jason P. Smith

Kathleen Passidomo

Rep. Kathleen Passidomo is sponsoring a bill that expedites foreclosures.

Photo: Mark Foley

Adam Putnam

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants to create an energy infrastructure that would encourage businesses to convert their fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Barry Gilway

Citizens President Barry Gilway would like to see a clearinghouse established that would allow private insurers to take over 641,000 Citizens policies.

Photo: Lynne Sladky / AP

Debra Henley

Debra Henley, Executive Director at Florida Justice Association, is at the center of a debate on automobile personal injury protection for Florida car insurance.

Photo: Ray Stanyard

Will Weatherford

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford wants to move away from using defined benefit pension plans for new employees, and instead use defined contribution plans.

Photo: Meredith Geddings

Frank DiBello

Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello says he’s encouraged by local support for the idea.

Photo: Gregg Matthews

Affordable Housing

An affordable housing coalition wants to make sure money in housing trust funds is not diverted.

Photo: Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Times

Pam Bondi

Last December, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an emergency order banning 22 substances used to make synthetic drugs commonly referred to as "bath salts"

Photo: Steve Cannon / AP Photo

2013 Politics

Florida's Legislative Preview

A roundup of what interest groups, lawmakers and the governor are seeking this year.

Amy Keller | 2/27/2013

TAXES

» Corporate Tax Cut — Gov. Rick Scott has proposed raising the exemption on corporate income taxes from $50,000 to $75,000, a move that he says would help cut taxes for another 2,000 businesses. The cut, which would cost the state about $8 million in forgone revenue, would be another step toward Scott’s pledge of eliminating the state’s corporate income tax altogether.

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Florida's 2013 Legislature will consider these topics:
Affordable Housing
Banking
Biotech
Education
Energy/Environment
Ethics/Elections
Gambling/Entertainment
Insurance
Legal
Manufacturing
Medical
Pension/Education Reform
Ports/Trade
Red Tape
Safety/Law Enforcement
Space
Taxes

» Manufacturing — The governor has also pledged to eliminate taxes on manufacturers’ purchases of equipment. The Manufacturers Association of Florida and a number of other business groups including the Florida Chamber are supporting the tax cut.

» Online Sales — The Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce will continue their push for legislation that would require online sellers like Amazon and Overstock to collect Florida’s 6% state sales tax and local sales taxes. Leading the fight on the issue is Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami), who has introduced a “mail order sales” bill. Jeff Branch, a legislative assistant to Margolis, says the state could collect $800 million and $1 billion in sales taxes.

» Back to School — The Florida Retail Federation’s other main legislative priority is to reauthorize the back-to-school tax holiday for clothing, footwear, accessories, books and school supplies.

MANUFACTURING

» Worker Training — Gov. Scott wants the Legislature to double funding for the Quick Response Training program to $12 million to help train workers to transition from sectors such as construction into manufacturing. According to Workforce Florida, a worker’s wages increase by an average of more than 47% within a year of completing the QRT program.

BANKING

» Public Deposits — The League of Southeastern Credit Unions wants state law changed so credit unions in Florida can accept deposits from municipalities. League CEO Patrick La Pine says the law dates to a time when credit unions were not federally insured and weren’t perceived to be as safe as FDIC-insured banks. Today, however, credit union deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration and are just as safe as banks, La Pine says. The credit unions’ bid will face opposition from banks that say the credit unions shouldn’t be allowed to hold tax-generated public funds because they don’t pay sales tax, corporate income tax or intangibles tax like banks.

Tags: Politics & Law, Government/Politics & Law

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