Internet sales tax idea gains key Florida Senate supporter
Florida state Sen. Nancy Detert, chair of the Education Pre-K-12 Committee, has thrown her support behind the push to have the state collect taxes on Internet sales and put the money toward public education.
Detert suggested that collections could exceed $2 billion a year, something schools that have lost funding recently could use, the Bradenton Herald reports.
The Florida School Boards Association recently floated the same idea in its list of legislative priorities, although it said the revenue would probably be less — perhaps about $700 million a year.
During discussions in Tallahassee, Detert also said she might back moving the FCAT testing online to save money. Many school districts have noted that they don't have enough computers to make that happen. They've also pointed to problems with the recent FAIR testing and guessed that an online FCAT would be even worse.