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Gov. Scott signs manufacturing tax break into law

by Dara Kam | May 17th, 2013

A manufacturing tax break, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s two priorities this legislative session, is now law.

Scott signed the measure (HB 7007) on Friday and touted it during a stop at a Tampa manufacturing firm.

Under the new law, manufacturers won’t have to pay sales tax on equipment purchases for three years, beginning in April 2014. Scott had wanted to make the tax break permanent, but lawmakers gave him a three-year window instead.

The new law also creates a new nonprofit corporation to oversee money awarded to the state from lawsuits connected to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The manufacturing tax break was caught up in some late-night maneuvers during the final week of session. Two days before the session ended, Scott had to act on a campaign finance bill and an ethics measure that were priorities of House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

Scott announced he signed the bills about half an hour after the House gave final passage to his manufacturing tax break.

But House Democrats believe the tax break, tucked into a 96-page economic incentive package, is not official because the bill did not receive a two-third majority vote.

The state constitution requires a two-thirds approval for tax-related items that cause counties or cities to lose revenue or reduce a tax in which the local governments share.

Weatherford insists that the tax break did not require the supermajority vote.

_ The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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8 Responses to “Gov. Scott signs manufacturing tax break into law”

  1. Thomas Says:

    Republicans are not slowed but such trivial matters as the law when it comes to handing out corporate welfare. Rick Scott will simply smile and plead the fifth if questioned.

  2. Searcher1 Says:

    First they said it needed 2/3′s vote, and then they said it didn’t. It’s pesky when you can’t round up the votes….

  3. Thomas Says:

    They have to push this through now. After 2014 they’ll never be able to get 2/3 vote again. Republicans, like the Tea Party joke, has run it’s course, The middle class is starting to speak up for itself.

  4. OBIWAN Says:

    Across this nation, Republicans are brought in to clean up the messes made by Democrats?

    Can any name a single state in decent shape that is controlled by Democrats?

    Now we see again what happens after one term of a Pretender in Chief from the outer left bank of the George Soros’ owned DNC…
    … filthy Quid Pro Quo just like he did in Illinois for years!

    LIES, LIES and more LIES! and these are his three strong suits ?

  5. Businesses EMPLOY! Says:


    It’s the same old BS from Democrats in this county.

    Governor Scott wants to ENCOURAGE businesses in the State of FLORIDA.

    Those BUSINESSES will hire the UNEMPLOYED and help STABLIZE our State!

    Businesses hire people; people’s incomes are stabilized and they begin to buy homes, products, which BTW, employs other people.

    Just tired of the BS posted by perpetual HATERS in the Democrat party of Palm Beach County.

  6. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Hmmm, Illinois is in good shape, as are Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and quite a few others. Does this answer your question obiwan?

  7. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Jupiter Guy – Illinois #49 out of 50 in unemployment. Colorado #23, Pennsylvania #33 and Oregon #38…You sound like Obama…rhetoric and zero substance.

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