Atwater: Let's talk about a summer special session for business
Senate President Jeff Atwater told the Times/Herald today that he has asked Senate staffers to look at what the Legislature can do to help businesses crippled by the oil disaster and believes a summer special session on tax breaks and financial assistance could happen.
The "target spot'' on the agenda, however, would not be to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot (as Gov. Charlie Crist has sought) but to "provide support or relief of those enterprises that have lost revenue because of the incident,'' Atwater said.
"I think there would be a place for us by the end of the summer to help our small businesses in Florida,'' Atwater said. He said he thinks the House, which has resisted the special session, "would be inclined as long as the target is real solutions,'' he said. "They just seem to think the conversation has been about motives that have been politically driven.''
A summer special session also helps Atwater, a Republican candidate for chief financial officer, and other candidates on the statewide ballot stay in the limelight during Tallahassee's slow months. Crist is running for U.S. Senate without party affiliation, and Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum are opponents in the governor's race.