Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wants To Stop Taxing College Textbooks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — College students could be getting a break on the cost of their textbooks.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday will ask legislators to exempt textbooks from state and local sales taxes.

The Scott administration estimates the tax break could save a fulltime student as much as $60 a year. The tax break is expected to cost more than $41 million.

Scott says he is pushing the plan as a way to help students with the cost of college.

Scott will announce his proposal during a visit to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The tax break is part of budget recommendations he will submit to the Florida Legislature.

The governor will also ask legislators to expand Florida’s popular Bright Futures scholarship program so it will cover summer classes.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.