Capitol Buzz: 3 things to watch today in Tallahassee
It's a slow day, with most legislators heading home at the end of week 4. That's bad news for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, which has been battling negative headlines all week. But there are still a few things going on at the Capitol to provide a distraction. Here's what to watch today:
- The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee will hear a bill combining two controversial proposals: the proposed expansion of the school voucher program and the creation of an education savings account program for children with special needs.
- State analysts will consider the budget impact of several bills, including proposals to clean up the state's springs (SB 1576) and a bill that would allow the Florida Lottery to sell tickets at self-serve machines (SB 1130).
- Also on the Revenue Estimating Impact Conference agenda is discussion about the financial impact of several tax breaks: a 12-day sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items (HB 567), an $80.2 million cut in communication services taxes (SB 266), and a state sales- tax rebate for sports teams to build facilities (SB 1216).