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More jobs added to 'jobs bill' in House



The so-called "jobs bill" got more job-laden before it passed out of the House 117-0 a few moments ago. The $218 million bill contains tax incentives for film productions, manufacturers and the space industry.

House members today added a sales tax break for future NFL Pro Bowls and all-star games for the NBA and NHL. Supporters argue that similar tax breaks are nearly a requirement to land such a game. Lawmakers also added a "Florida first" provision requiring construction contractors to hire Florida residents if their qualifications are the same as other candidates.

Early in the session, the Senate passed similar legislation and will likely look kindly on this new package. Sponsoring Sen. Don Gaetz said the only provision senators are looking closely at is one that guarantees the private investment -- starting in 2023 -- of infrastructure projects. He said he is still talking with House members about that section.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:31am]


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