Florida News That Impacts You – May 26th, 2023
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- Governor DeSantis spent his first full day as a presidential candidate signing 27 bills into law. Among them the Custody and Supervision of Specified Offenders bill which makes it impossible for sex offenders to obtain “gain-time” or reduced sentences based on behavior while in prison. He also signed the Taxation bill, which the governor is calling the largest tax relief plan in Florida’s History which state analysis shows will reduce the tax burden on the average family of four by $1,000 over the next year. The plan includes the permanent tax exemption for toddler supplies, expanded sales tax holidays including – a hurricane supply sales tax holiday which begins this weekend. Tax breaks for over-the-counter pet medications, the toll relief program for heavy users and a host of tax credits for families and affordable housing. Regarding this weekend’s sales tax holiday...
- Starting tomorrow and running through June 9th an expanded list of disaster preparedness items will be tax free. They include flashlights, radios, fuel tanks, non-motor vehicle batteries, coolers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, pet food, portable pet carriers, cat litter and pet beds among other items.
- A record 2.4 million Floridians are expected to travel a minimum of 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend with today being the heaviest travel day of the weekend according to AAA. Orlando and Miami are the top travel destinations in the state with Orlando being the top destination in the country.
- Gas prices were flat over the past day. Statewide the average price for regular unleaded is $3.38 per gallon – six cents lower than a week ago. In Palm Beach County the average price dropped a penny to $3.61 per gallon, which once again is the highest in the state.