From the Governor's Press Office
Monday May 12, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that cuts more than $121 million in taxes. The signing of this legislation also brings the total tax and fees savings for Floridians to more than $500 million. The legislation saves Floridians through three sales tax holidays—one each for hurricane supplies, back to school supplies and energy efficient appliances, creates sales tax exemptions on child car seats, youth bicycle helmets, college meal plans, therapeutic pet foods and cement mixers, and reduces the tax paid on electricity. 
Governor Scott said, “This year we worked to promote a $500 million reduction in taxes and fees because Florida families should keep more of the money they earn. Last month, I signed legislation that will put $400 million back in the pockets of Floridians through reduced motor vehicle fees. This legislation will let Floridians keep another $121 million of their own money.”
Senate President Don Gaetz said, “Before the 2014 legislative session began, Speaker Weatherford and I joined Governor Scott in a commitment to cutting taxes by $500 million. Today Rick Scott delivers on the largest broad-based tax cut in a decade. If you're a young family with small children, your life-saving car seat will cost less. If you're a family saving for college or paying for it now, your student's meals will cost less. If you're buying a computer or clothes for your son or daughter to start school or begin their first job, you will pay less because of Rick Scott's commitment to pro-family tax cuts. When this Governor makes a commitment he keeps it.”
House Speaker Will Weatherford said, “This session, the Florida Legislature set out to provide Floridians with the largest tax cut of its kind in a decade. Working with Governor Scott, we are proud to give Floridians back more of their hard-earned dollars through meaningful tax relief.”

Senator Garrett Richter, President Pro Tempore, said, “Governor Scott had a great idea to let Floridians keep more of their own money through sales tax holidays and tax exemptions, and I’m excited to have been part of the team that made that goal a reality for Floridians.”

Senator Joe Negron said, “As a member of the legislature, I take seriously how we allocate the state’s money and pride in crafting smart policy. This legislation reflects both ideals and I’m thankful Governor Scott signed the bill so quickly.”

Senator Jack Latvala said, “It was an honor to be part of the team that built the tax saving package in HB 5601.  Credit goes to Governor Scott for the great idea and for the leadership of the Florida Legislature for making it possible.”
Senator Dorothy Hukill said, “Governor Scott and I believe that Floridians know how best to spend their own money.  That’s why we worked to return over $100 million in tax cuts to Florida families through this legislation.”
Senator Anitere Flores said, “I am proud to have played a role in securing savings for the people of Florida. Governor Scott had the right idea when he said Floridians deserve to keep more of their own money. This legislation made that possible and Floridians will retain more than $120 million as a result.”


Senator Wilton Simpson said, “I greatly appreciate Governor Scott’s leadership and his commitment to working with the Legislature. As a result of the efforts put into HB 5601, Habitat for Humanity will be able to continue their mission of breaking the cycle of poverty in Florida. Habitat gives a hand up – not a hand out – to Floridians who work very hard to realize the dream of home ownership. This benefits our communities in countless ways and I’m very proud to support the Governor as he signs this legislation.”


Senator Bill Galvano said, “I’m proud to have supported Governor Scott’s goal of reducing the tax burden on Florida’s families. This legislation provided $121 million of the more than $500 Floridians will save.”


Senator Eleanor Sobel and Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda said, “The tax-free energy star holiday helps Florida families save money and protects our environment by encouraging Floridians to buy energy-efficient products.”


Representative Ritch Workman said, “I am proud of my contribution to the drafting and passage of HB 5601.  It was great to work with Governor Scott so we could achieve more than $120 million in tax savings for Floridians.”


Representative Seth McKeel said, “I know Floridians appreciate the annual sales tax holidays for back-to-school supplies, and I hope they also take advantage of the tax free periods for hurricane supplies and energy saving appliances.  It was great to work collaboratively with my fellow legislators and Governor Scott to make these savings possible this year.”


Representative Matt Hudson said, “Governor Scott knows the importance of helping Florida families and students prepare for school and hurricanes through the sales tax holidays in this legislation.”


Representative Mike Hill said, “There will be three tax free holidays this year—one each on hurricane supplies, school supplies and Energy Star and Water Sense appliances—thanks for Governor Scott’s commitment to let Floridians keep more of their own money. He already signed one bill to lower vehicle registration fees that saved $400 million and with today’s bill signing, Floridians will save another $120 million. It is a privilege to have been the bill sponsor for the vehicle fees reduction and a part of the team that made these savings happen for Floridians.”


Representative Larry Ahern said, “I am excited to tell my constituents about the tax savings they can attain this year because of this legislative package and Governor Scott’s goal to reduce $500 million in taxes for Floridians.”