Florida Democrats Propose a Bigger Tax Cut for Working Families than Ron DeSantis

Which party is proposing a bigger tax cut for working families this legislative session? Democrats. That’s right. On Wednesday, House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee released the “New Sunshine Deal” — the first time Democrats have put forward a budget in years. As WFSU reported, the Democratic budget included a larger tax cut for working families than Ron DeSantis' proposal. That tax cut is part of a larger package that seeks “expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs” while also implementing a “cut in the sales tax on commercial leases, which has long been a red-meat item for business groups.” It’s a plan that House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee “designed to focus on working families that Republican leaders have ignored,” The Orlando Sentinel reported. Read the coverage here: WFSU: “Governor DeSantis’ budget allocates $335 million in tax cuts for families. The Democrats raise this to $525 million for what Representative Amy Mercado calls a working families tax rebate program.” GateHouse Media: “In their new deal, Democrats would use $524 million of this new money to finance a Working Families Tax Rebate program, similar to the federal earned income tax credit.” News Service of Florida: “The plan seeks a tax-rebate program for working families, expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs. The measure also seeks to provide a cut in the sales tax on commercial leases, which has long been a red-meat item for business groups.” Orlando Sentinel: “The ‘New Sunshine Deal’ would use about $524 million of those revenues to give low-income families an average $500 tax rebate. House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee of Miami said the plan was designed to focus on working families that Republican leaders have ignored.” Florida Phoenix: “McGhee and other Democrats will have a chance to advance some of their spending proposals in the form of separate bills and amendments to other legislation. For instance, McGhee has a bill (HB 1411) that would create a state tax rebate program for low- to moderate-income working families. If the families meet the eligibility requirements of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, they would qualify for a state rebate in the range of $500 per year, he said.” March 8, 2019

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