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Florida Governor Seeks Tax Cuts

  • Mar 5, 2015 | Gail Cole

 Should textbooks be exempt from sales tax in Florida.

Governor Rick Scott (R) of Florida stressed the need to cut taxes in his 2015 State of the State Address.

This year, the governor would like to:

  • Cut the tax on cell phone and television plans.
  • End the tax on manufacturing equipment.
  • Exempt college textbooks from sales tax.

Students are smarter than politicians

In announcing his desire to exempt college textbooks, Gov. Scott said, “I have recommended that we get rid of the state sales tax on college textbooks because getting a higher education must become more affordable. Students can spend their money better than government can.”

The textbook exemption will likely be part of the broader college affordability bill the governor hopes to pass this year.


The Tampa Bay Times called the State of the State address “upbeat.” The reaction of state Democrats was considerably less so, and even Republicans voiced some concerns. For example, a proposed cap on graduate school tuition had Senate President And Gardiner (R) noting that there “will be pretty strong argument made by universities that graduate school costs are different than for undergraduates.”

Read the 2015 State of the State Address in full.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.