State Senator Proposes Return of 10 Day Tax Free Holiday on Back to School Supplies

This summer, parents might get an even bigger break when shopping for school supplies as a Florida senator wants to bring back a ten day back to school sales holiday.

Last year's tax-free shopping period was only three days.

If the proposal from Sen. Keith Perry (R- Gainesville) passes, shoppers would not pay taxes from August 4th-13th on clothing that costs $100 or less per item.

The tax break would also apply to school supplies that cost $15 or less as well as personal computers that cost $100 or less.

Lawmakers will consider the idea next month when their session begins. Gov. Rick Scott has come out in support of the plan.

Starting what could become a contentious debate with state legislators, Scott is going to announce his annual budget recommendations.

The governor plans to release details of his spending plan Tuesday during the annual legislative planning session hosted by The Associated Press. Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran are also scheduled to appear.

The Florida Legislature will consider Scott's budget request during the session that starts in March.

Scott has already outlined some recommendations, including a push to slash taxes by $618 million. Scott maintains there is enough money to carry out his plans.

But Scott's optimistic outlook isn't being shared by Republican legislative leaders.

Corcoran maintains that the state's finances are being squeezed and that legislators need to cut the budget by at least $1 billion.

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