Senate's 'lobbyist full employment act'
The Senate Finance and Tax Committee today launched a fast-track review of Florida's sales tax exemptions, sorting through them using what chairman Thad Altman of Melbourne calls a matrix, "a set of criteria based on principles."
The committee expects the debate to be tough but is open to considering all options, including reducing a business' regulatory scheme with elimination of a tax exemption. The idea is to have a recommendation to the Senate's budget committee by early April, Altman said.
"I don’t want this to be a revenue-generating process. I want to focus on the fairness issue.'' On the other hand, he said, looking at finding additional revenue is something you can't "completely avoid either. It’s going to become a real balancing act.''
Looking at a lobbyist-filled room, Sen. Mike Bennett of Bradenton noted: "There are some people in the room who are going to call this a lobbyist full employment act."