LaMarca's HB 15 To 'Level Playing Field' For FL Business

LaMarca's HB 15 To 'Level Playing Field' For FL Business

'Broad Base Bill' for FL businesses

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
March 18, 2021

Representative Chip LaMarca (R-93) has recently Tweeted that his new legislation, HB 15, will, "level the playing field for Florida retailers."

The Floridian sat down with LaMarca where he explained that this is something he has been working on since his days in county-level politics.

However, the Floridian asked LaMarca how this bill will, "level the playing field", LaMarca characterized HB 15 as, "just a more mainstream way to collect sales tax", LaMarca adds, "with respect to unemployment, we basically save about 5 to 8% of the unemployment fund, we've emptied that through COVID."

"Rather than do that, this will help refill funds for unemployment," said LaMarca.

For clarification, we asked LaMarca if this plan would prompt taxes to increase where he gave a resounding, "No!"

"What I'd like to see happen in future years is see this as a vehicle to lower the tax on commercial rent.", said LaMarca

Ironically, LaMarca informed the Floridian that all but two people voted yes in committee on HB 15, one being Rep. Anna Eskamani (D-47) and the other being Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32). "The tips of the left and right-wing.", LaMarca called the two naysayers.

It is safe to say that this will be. a moderate bill, as LaMarca called it a "Broad base bill."

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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