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Proposed House tax package rewrite sparks opposition from cities, counties

TALLAHASSEE — A proposed rewrite of the House tax package could pre-empt local regulations of septic tanks, pornography and residential zoning that prohibits businesses, representatives of cities and counties said Wednesday. FL HB7087 (18R), sponsored by state Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), would provide $331.3 million in tax cuts in fiscal 2018-19, including a one-time $13 million tax credit authorization for cleaning up contamination sites known as brownfields. The Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties are against the proposed rewrite, which would declare void any local ordinance that prohibits the sale of tangible property subject to state sales tax and other taxes provided for in Chapter 212, Florida Statutes.

Tampa Bay Times
Florida House and Senate clash over budget negotiations — before they even start
It was a tense day at the Florida Capitol on Wednesday, largely because of the Parkland shooting survivors and gun control activists who descended on the statehouse in the thousands. But there was internal turmoil as well.  House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, told reporters after the floor session ended that the Senate has been unwilling to start budgetary negotiations.

Florida House and Senate prepare for late-session conference committees

The Florida House and Senate are preparing for conference committees to approve a common budget, although the late-session joint meetings have not been scheduled yet with adjournment set for March 9. The chambers’ proposed plans remain about $100 million apart, with the House submitting an $87.2 billion budget and the Senate an $87.3 billion spending plan. The budgets are $2.1-plus billion more, or 2.7 percent higher, than this year’s spending plan. The House increases general revenue spending by $530 million, or 1.7 percent, while the Senate increases general revenue expenditures by $249 million, or 0.8 percent.