Florida lawmakers supporting a tax break for manufacturers say Gov. Rick Scott is making a strong push for an issue that represents one of his top priorities for the legislative session.
Sen. Dorothy Hukill said Monday the Republican governor is meeting one-on-one with lawmakers to pitch his idea of giving manufacturers a blanket exemption from paying the 6 percent sales tax on equipment purchases.
Hukill and Rep. Ritch Workman say the main challenge is persuading lawmakers the exemption is worth the estimated $115 million in lost tax revenue if the proposal passes.
Workman says the governor's proposal is competing with other ideas to spur economic growth.
Supporters say it's needed to stimulate manufacturing job growth. Opponents have spoken out against giving a break to one segment of the economy.