As the sun was going down in Tallahassee on Friday evening, the House released a list of 51 sale exemptions that will be discussed for repeal during the upcoming session. Lawmakers are looking at the exemptions because lawmakers must figure out how to deal with at least a $5 billion budget shortfall.
Here's the list: Download Discuss for Repeal List
In her message to members of the House Finance and Tax Council, Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff stated: "As others in the House continue their budget review, our task is to examine the other side of the ledger to make sure that we are presenting Floridians with a fair and efficient tax system."
The most interesting items that were included on the list were the repeal of sales taxes on the sale of religious items, eyeglasses, bottled water, newspapers and magazines delivered by mail, advertising and subsidies for Florida's professional sports teams.
It's significant that the tax adverse House would go this far and put out a list that of sales tax exemptions for review. But it will be a long, long session and it would be wrong for anyone to assume that most, or any, of these exemptions will be repealed by the time lawmakers call it quits in May. Many of the exemptions up for review were suggested by Democrats and could easily be killed by the GOP majority.