DeSantis unveils targeted tax cut package aimed at family budgets

  • Toddler diapers and related supplies, sports gear, pet food and school clothes are among the targeted areas for a tax break pitched by Gov. Ron DeSantis
  • The $1.1 billion package would be paid for by reducing state budget reserves 
  • Democrats panned the proposal as a tax stunt
  • DeSantis also called for an extension of sales tax holidays and for further tax breaks on other household goods

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, running for re-election, pitched a $1.1 billion package of tax breaks Tuesday that could trim costs on items for toddlers, sports gear, pet food and school clothes and supplies.

The proposal would require approval from lawmakers during the 2023 legislative session and would be bankrolled through record state budget reserves, DeSantis said.

“We can do this tax relief, really, without breaking a sweat at this point,” DeSantis said as he announced the proposal at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside in Bradenton.

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