Senate backs cuts to DMV fees, insurance tax credit
TALLAHASSEE - A proposal to end a tax credit that out-of-state insurance companies have enjoyed for a quarter century - so that an unpopular hike on vehicle-registration fees could be reduced - cruised through the Senate on Wednesday.
Senators backed the measure (SB 1832) by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, that scales back the controversial 2009 fee increases by $12 a year, a 55 percent drop, over the objection of some insurance industry lobbyists.
“It's nice to finally call a bluff,” said Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate. “It's nice to finally stand up and say 'You know what, your business is not going to go under, the state is not going to collapse, we're not going to hit 12 percent unemployment because we're removing these tax exemptions.'“
The proposal by Negron, who chairs the Senate's Appropriations Committee, must still get House support.
The tax credit targeted by Negron covers 15 percent of salaries of non-licensed workers that out-of-state insurance companies
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