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State representative proposes 24-hour sales-tax holiday

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Updated: 2/17 11:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida state representative is pushing for a new sales-tax-free holiday.

It would mean sales tax relief on anything for 24 hours. But one lawmaker told Action News the proposal is just a way to lure in voters.

Shoppers were out looking for a good deal. Those we talked with like the plan.

"I think that's an awesome idea," said Kim Feller.

The Democratic South Florida representative behind the proposal says it's a good way to get people's money back in their pockets and a good way to stimulate the economy. Republican State Sen. John Thrasher said there are still too many questions.

"I don't think we have a handle on how much it'll cost," said Thrasher. He told Action News it may be just a ploy to lure voters. 

Thrasher says measured sales tax holidays, like the 15-day proposed hurricane supply sales tax holiday is a better option for the state. For taxpayers, any savings is a win.

"One day without sales tax sounds good to me," said Art Shad.

If passed, we could see that tax holiday on July 25, 2015, starting at 6 a.m. and going to 6 a.m. July 26, 2015. The sales tax relief would not apply to any Internet sales.

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