When it was announced that Florida was looking at a surplus of $845 million, it was only a matter of time before special interests would begin lining up seeking some of the excess money. Compared to last year’s surplus of $71.3 million, next year seems like a golden opportunity for lobbyists to make their clients happy.
Gov. Rick Scott has already declared that he wants to cut taxes and fees by $500 million, but he has yet to identify where he intends to cut.
Meanwhile, the one fee that Senate leadership has announced it wants to cut is the motor registration fee, which will cost about $233 million.
What about the House?
Well, on Thursday, the House’s Finance & Taxation committee held a three-hour hearing to listen to requests from groups representing big business, small businesses, realtors and retailers. The result: Lawmakers will have much to choose from in deciding which taxes and fees they consider eliminating or cutting -- way more than the surplus will cover, actually.
Here are just a few of those discussed Thursday.