Keeping Taxes Low for Florida’s Future - $180 Million in Tax Cuts


Florida has shown that cutting taxes, reducing regulations and keeping the cost of living down allows job creators to grow and succeed. Governor Scott has a proven record of cutting taxes and fees to reduce their burden on Florida families. Since taking office, Governor Scott has championed more than 75 tax cuts, saving Florida families and businesses more than $7.5 billion. Expanding on the Governor's ongoing commitment to cut taxes, the Securing Florida's Future budget proposes to cut taxes and fees by more than $180 million.

Governor Scott’s $180 million tax cut package includes: Sales Tax Holidays to Save Families $88 Million- The Securing Florida’s Future budget includes funding for four sales tax holidays which will save Floridians an estimated $88 million in the upcoming Fiscal Year. These sales tax holidays include: $73 million from a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday; and $15 million from three one-week disaster preparedness sales tax holidays which would take place in May, June and July.
Reduction in Driver’s License Fees to Save Floridians $88 Million – Governor Scott is proposing to reduce the fees for driver’s licenses. These fees were increased in 2009, prior to Governor Scott taking office. These fee cuts include: $67 million saved by reducing the fee for a renewal of regular driver’s licenses by more than 58 percent from $48 to $20; and $21 million saved by reducing the fee on original regular driver’s licenses by more than 43 percent from $48 to $27 and the fee on an original or renewal Commercial Driver’s License by more than ten percent from $75 to $67.
Reduction in Traffic Citation Fines to Save Floridians $4 Million- Governor Scott is proposing to reinstate the 18 percent reduction of eligible traffic citation fines, which was repealed in 2009 prior to Governor Scott taking office, for individuals who attend a basic driver improvement school.

Keeping Florida’s Taxes Low for Generations to Come

Governor Scott is committed to continuing to cut every possible tax to help Florida now and in the future. This year, the Governor is proposing a constitutional amendment both through legislation and the Constitution Revision Commission to require a supermajority vote by future Florida legislatures to raise any taxes or fees. This will make it harder for politicians to unfairly raise taxes on future generations. Major tax cuts championed by Governor Scott during his time in office include: Cutting the fees for annual vehicle registrations in 2014, saving Florida motorists $400 million every year; Cutting the tax on cell phone and cable bills in 2015, saving Floridians more than $226 million every year; Permanently eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment in 2016, saving Florida job creators more than $73 million every year; Cutting the tax on commercial leases this year, saving Florida job creators more than $60 million every year; and Eliminating the business tax for 75 percent of businesses over the past few years, saving Florida job creators more than $50 million every year.