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Fighting for Florida's Future: cut the commercial lease tax

Our "Fighting for Florida's Future" tax cut package will boost our economy and encourage businesses of all sizes to create jobs and build opportunities for generations of Floridians.

One of the taxes we are fighting to cut is the commercial lease tax, which unfairly targets small businesses.

Florida is now the only state in the nation to tax commercial leases. Our "Fighting for Florida's Future" tax cut package will begin to repeal this unfair tax to help small businesses.

Source: 2017 Florida State of the State address , Mar 7, 2017

Do away with commercial lease tax

We know that the commercial lease tax unfairly targets small and large businesses across our state. And, under the first for jobs tax cut package, we will begin the fight to do away with this unfair tax!
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Florida legislature , Jan 12, 2016

Eliminate thousands of regulations on job creators

Two years ago, we met together facing crippling debt, record-high unemployment and a downward spiral of job losses. Today, because of the tireless work of the men and women in this room, our businesses are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, and our unemployment rate is nearly down to the national average; and we aren't stopping there. It's working.

Two years ago, we knew we had been called here to make the difficult choices to help Florida families get back to work. Together, we faced these challenges head on. We cut taxes... We eliminated thousands of regulations on job creators... We paid down state debt for two years in a row... We invested in priorities--like education... And, now our economy is on the rebound. It's working.

Because we made the hard choices over the last two years, we are able to make the smart choices to keep our economy growing this year.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature , Mar 5, 2013

Remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment

Our goal is economic growth and job creation. This year, we have two priorities to keep our economy growing: first--remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, and second--invest in our teachers by providing them a well-deserved pay raise.

As long as even one Florida family needs a job, our work is not done. That is why we are committed to removing the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. Florida is one of only a few states with this tax, and we lag behind the nation in per capita manufacturing jobs. We need to level the playing field to compete for manufacturing jobs. Every manufacturing job supports two to three other jobs in our state.

This year, we are also proposing that we continue to roll back the business tax by exempting 2,000 more small businesses from having to pay it. If we are successful this year, we will have removed the business tax from 70% of businesses since taking office. I am committed to getting rid of this tax entirely.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature , Mar 5, 2013

Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years

Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years: Eliminating the business income tax will have a minimal effect on state revenue while making Florida globally competitive. Florida's business income tax makes Florida less competitive versus other states .
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, rickscottforflorida.com , Aug 19, 2010

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