Scott’s tax cuts fall flat with lawmakersby Dara Kam | March 30th, 2011
Both the House and Senate have so far rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed tax cuts for businesses and homeowners.
Budget chiefs in both chambers, who released their initial spending plans this week, said they just can’t find a way to cut tax collections while they’ve got $3.8 billion less to spend than last year.
“We don’t have it in the budget,” said House budget chair Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid, moments after her appropriations committee approved a stark, $66.5 billion on a party-line vote. “We’d like to do them (tax cuts). But we just don’t have the money right now.”
The Senate plan doesn’t have them either, at least “at this point,” Senate President Mike Haridopolos said.
Haridopolos indicated it would be hard to justify tax cuts at a time when lawmakers are handing pink slips to state workers.
“At this point we’re focused on cutting spending first,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said. “I think sometimes people look at this very conservative legislature like we enjoy cutting. I mean, these are tough calls. These are tough decisions. There’s a lot of people that are going to lose their jobs. Anybody who says this is with glee or we’re enjoying these cuts, far from it.”