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Senate prez dashes guv’s hopes for biz tax cuts

by Dara Kam | January 12th, 2011

With a $3.5 billion budget hole looming, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said it’s highly unlikely that lawmakers will approve any new – or expand any existing – tax breaks for businesses.

That would put Gov. Rick Scott’s plans to do eventually do away with the state’s corporate income taxes on hold, at least for this year.

“I don’t see that happening at this point. That’s something I’d like to do. But we’re $3.5 billion short and the promise of no tax increases, I don’t see the math yet. But Rick Scott is a very able executive. If he and his budget team can find a way to make it happen, we’re going to be all ears,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, told reporters during a Q-and-A this afternoon.

No more tax breaks would also put on ice Scott’s proposed expansion of school vouchers paid for by businesses, one of the governor’s top priorities.

“There’s probably no bigger advocate of tax cuts in the legislature,” Haridopolos said. “I’m a big proponent of tax cuts. This is not a year I can afford to push them through.”

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10 Responses to “Senate prez dashes guv’s hopes for biz tax cuts”

  1. RodneyWard Says:

    How good of him to protect those low taxes for the rich. And of course we can’t put an income tax on the rich so we can provide for the poor or fund our schools.

    Hairbrainless is a little Reich Wing dweeb.

  2. Kelly Says:

    You want an income tax, Rodney? Move to California and have fun with that. We need less spending right now, period.

  3. Mary Says:

    We’ve given millions and billions to the poor and the schools. Sometimes money isn’t the answer, but a paradigm shift in behavior and thinking, is.

    We have given, it’s time to get some different answers other than money. Change things.

    MONEY HASN’T SOLVED the problem with the POOR or with SCHOOLS.

    We’ve got new schools in PBC and still there are educational problems. Now, the focus is: well, teachers need an increase in wages!

    Money ain’t the answer.

  4. papabear Says:

    try telling that to a teacher’s union boss. You might get your tires slashed. Just hope these conservatives keep their words and cut away.

  5. Unreal Says:

    I find it hard to believe that Scott and Mr. Hair haven’t already discussed how they are going to do it. Gives them an excuse to cut the various departments even more.

  6. Myunionbossisagrandma Says:

    Union boss slashing tires? Come on, my union reps are grandmas and little old ladies. Stop picking on us. We just want to teach and have a decent wage.
    Until Scott tests and holds private schools accountable, his ideas are only meant to destroy the public education system.

  7. Kelly Says:

    papa, I can’t wait to hear what the unions pull out against Haridop when they lose their gravy train. Just look up what Chris Christie dealt with in New Jersey to get a taste of what’s to come.

  8. Myunionbossisagrandma Says:

    Papa and Kelly,

    The Teacher’s Unions can’t do much and teachers don’t have a gravy train in this state. We make lower wages compared to other states and I’m fine with that. I don’t know why you support the dismantling of public education just so you can get your jollies. Will the money saved, go back to the taxpayer? I doubt it.

  9. same ol same ol Says:

    I hear that and you’ve got it right, Mary!

    Hang in there.

  10. BM Says:

    Maybe “Pretty Boy” would learn that if you cut spending for programs that do not work you can actually cut taxes. But when you walk around looking for someone to notice you all the time I guess there is no money in that.

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