Fla. Senate gives up on tax exemption repeals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is giving up on the
idea of repealing sales tax exemptions.

Senate Finance and Tax Chairman Thad Altman told his committee Monday no attempt will be made this year and later said he was unsure it would come up next year either.

Exemptions on such necessities as food and medicine are considered untouchable. But lawmakers discussed lifting exemptions on purchases such as bottled water, charter fishing, Super Bowl tickets and college stadium skyboxes.

Altman said he's dropping the issue because of resistance in the House and the Senate's desire to focus on other tax matters. Those
include raising the cigarette tax and closing loopholes in corporate and real estate transaction taxes.

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