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Unions Call For Exemption Cuts

March 18th, 2008 by flanews

Union groups say it’s time the legislature cut special interest hand-outs and corporate tax loopholes. State workers, lobbyist and union leaders were at the capitol today, begging the legislature to save education and health care funding, by cutting sales tax exemptions and corporate tax breaks. Florida’s facing billions of dollars in budget cuts. Union leaders say special interest groups have always received perks, but with a Florida’s failing economy, government needs to change.

“It’s just the nature of politics. I mean who funds campaigns? Working families with their vote or corporations with their vote and through millions of dollars in contributions? It’s just the nature of the beast,” said Rich Templin communication director with AFL–CIO United Labor Lobby.

One of Florida’s hundreds of sales tax exemptions is on bottled water. According to a report released by the group, taxing H2O would raise more than 40 million dollars a year.

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