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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Oct. 15, 201312:00 PM EST

Putnam pitches tax cuts

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday.

And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance.

The two proposals were among several Putnam announced Monday for the 2014 legislative session.

In addition to cutting in half the 7 percent sales tax on energy use by businesses and seeking a tax holiday on energy-saving appliances, Putnam also proposed expanding to commercial properties a residential property-tax exemption on installing renewable-energy systems and undertaking a study on Florida’s future natural gas demands.

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