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Scott to call for 15-day hurricane sales tax holiday

Hurricane Isaac has now made landfall twice and is currently hovering off the Gulf Coast. (National Weather Service, 2012)
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Updated: 1/27 9:15 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday that he wants a 15-day sales tax holiday on flashlights, tarps and other supplies related to hurricane preparedness.

The sales-tax holiday proposal is the latest in a series of rollouts the governor has been doing before unveiling his full 2014-15 budget proposal Wednesday. In an event Monday at Delray Beach’s Spady Elementary School, he also is expected to showcase one of the budget’s biggest provisions — his school spending plan for next fall.

The hurricane sales tax holiday would save taxpayers about $20 million, according to the governor’s office.

Similar hurricane holidays were earlier held in 2006 and 2007, after the state was whacked by a series of bad storms. The 2007 holiday was signed into law by Scott’s predecessor, former Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican but who now looms as Scott’s Democratic rival for re-election.

Scott plans to make the hurricane-related announcement at a lumber store in Miami’s Coconut Grove.

Scott has promised to recommend cutting taxes and fees by $500 million in his budget proposal, including a proposed sales-tax holiday on back-to-school shopping. But the bulk of the proposed savings, $401 million, would come from his plan to eliminate increases on a wide range of motorist fees that were approved in 2009 when Crist was governor.
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