Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A multi-million-dollar tax package approved by the House Ways & Means Committee on Friday includes everything from a “Freedom Week” sales tax holiday and a big batch of sales tax exemptions — but no exemption for diapers.What’s considered the family-friendly state House didn’t want to include diapers in the mix of items that exempt state sales taxes in certain periods in Florida. (The exemptions also can include county discretionary sales surtaxes.)What’s up with diapers?For the proposed 2021-22 sales tax exemptions, diapers became a discussion when Orlando State Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat, tried to include the baby item into the major tax package, by proposing a short amendment.Anyone who has had a baby, or has had to change a baby’s bottom, would know that diapers are essential and costly for moms and dads and particularly for low-income families. “The need is really there,” said Eskamani. She added that adult diapers would be included as well.State Rep. Bobby Payne, chair of the Ways & Means Committee, suggested that a diaper sales tax exemption could be included in a separate piece of legislation in the future.And in the end, Eskamani withdrew her amendment, saying she didn’t want to force a vote on the issue at this time. Eskamani is the ranking Democrat on the committee.Meanwhile, the committee voted 15 to 1 on the massive package, with only Eskamani in opposition. The full House and Senate, and ultimately, Gov. Ron DeSantis, would have to approve the package for it to become law.Some of the State tax holidays proposed for 2021The package includes several sales tax holidays, such as a seven-day “back to school” holiday from August 6 through 12 — an exemption for items $60 or less for items ranging from clothing and footwear to wallets and handbags, as well as school supplies that cost $15 or less per item, according to the House analysis on the tax package.A “disaster preparedness” sales tax holiday” would go from May 28 through June 3, 2021. The sales exemptions in that category include items such as a portable self-powered radio or a gas or diesel fuel tank.A “freedom week” sales tax holiday would go from July 1 through 7, allowing sales tax exemptions for admissions and recreational activities such as live music and sporting events.That’s just some of the sales tax exemptions. The House analysis calculates that the estimated tax exemptions will cost at least $100-million, based on state and local figures. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSback-to-schoolBusinessDatesDisaster PreparednessFlorida LegislatureFlorida PhoenixFreedomState Sales TaxTax Exemption Holidays Previous article6 ways recent college graduates can enhance their online job searchNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Photo by Nathan Dumlao Please enter your comment! State tax exempt holidays in 2021 would include, if approved: “Back to School” week in August, “Freedom” week in July, and “Disaster Preparedness” in May-JuneBy Diane Rado, Florida Phoenix
Spain’s Madrid region on Wednesday requested urgent help to hire hundreds of foreign doctors and reinforce police as they registered 1,290 new coronavirus infections and considered extending a partial lockdown to more areas.Representing over a quarter of Spain’s 4,143 new cases in the past 24 hours, the capital region has been hardest hit by a second wave of COVID-19, with the number of daily deaths and infections soaring to levels not seen since May.Madrid has already restricted movement between and within some districts where about 850,000 people live since midnight on Monday. Topics : Ignacio Aguado, deputy head of the regional government, told reporters the region needed 300 doctors from outside the European Union who had worked in the first wave of the pandemic, but could not hire them immediately due to complex regulations.He also asked the central government for an additional 222 national police officers to enforce quarantines and fines in districts now back under partial lockdown.On Monday, Madrid authorities asked the central government for help from the army to fight the coronavirus surge in and around the Spanish capital, where the partial closure of some poorer areas has provoked protests.”We’ve decided to formally request logistical help from the military to install [hospital] tents, carry out tests and disinfection tasks in each of the areas under restrictions,” Aguado said on Wednesday. Residents in the mostly lower-income neighborhoods where infection rates are highest say the measures are inefficient and unfair.”The battle against the virus is not in confining, it is in primary healthcare, where we can test for the positive and negative so we can confine [just] the people who are truly infected,” said retiree Nieves Marcos from the Usera district, one of those under partial lockdown.Regional health data showed on Tuesday the number of areas with COVID-19 contagion rates exceeding 1,000 per 100,000 people had increased by nearly 50% to 53.Officials said restrictions could be widened after a review this week and have not ruled out more far-reaching measures.Madrid has accounted for about a third of all coronavirus cases in Spain and has the highest share of hospital capacity occupied by COVID-19 patients.Spain’s cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus infections has spiked since the end of a nationwide lockdown in late June and now stands at 682,267 – the highest in Western Europe. More than 30,900 people have died of COVID-19.
The 20 on-site bidders spread out around the pool.The 15-minute auction was a frenzy of activity with Mr Hill moving between bidders spread out around the pool and those on the street. “I had to do a lot of walking back and forth to make sure everyone was taken care of,” he said. “I’ve been running auctions for 13 years and this is one I will never forget.” The winning $1.48 million bid was placed by a couple from Manchester who plan to rebuild.The sale comes after more than 200 people turned up to inspect a sinking house at 14 Spinebill St, Burleigh Waters this month, with the line stretching all the way down the street to comply with social distancing rules.PRD Burleigh Heads agent Danny O’Donnell described the four days the property was on the market as the busiest of his 25-year career, with endless inquiries and multiple offers. The original house at 10 Sepik Pl, Runaway Bay is 40 years old.Leading up to the auction more than 200 people viewed the 920 sqm property at 10 Sepik Place, Runaway Bay which was put to market for the first time in 40 years.“You can walk 50 metres to the Broadwater from the front door and, if you’ve got a boat, you’ve got 33.5m of water frontage within 100m of the Broadwater,” said Ray White agent Matt Hill. MORE: Fed up buyres take matters into their own hands Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08A RUNDOWN deceased estate on the northern Gold Coast fetched $1.48 million at auction last weekend with multiple bidders and spectators spilling onto the street.Strict limits on on-site auctions and open homes are posing a challenge in a property market where more buyers are competing for fewer properties. Developer lists luxe riverfront residence Wide water frontage and access to the Broadwater were big selling points.The interest was apparent come auction day when Mr Hill and two support staff worked overtime to manage multiple bidders inside and on the street where partners, family and friends who were forced to wait with scores of spectators.“Between the 20 on-site bidders, 50-plus people out in the cul-de-sac, neighbours watching from the waterfront and people in boats, it was very busy” Mr Hill said.“On top of that we had another four people show up wanting to register so we had them on the phone ready to bid from the street.”Under current COVID-19 rules, only 20 people can attend an onsite auction with no more than one person per four square metres, while three people can conduct the auction, including the auctioneer and agency staff.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago
Still, the league reacts to these things. There could be more of a push by teams to broaden exactly what constitutes “conduct detrimental to the team.” They could seek to gain more control over players’ abilities to do certain media appearances in which they discuss the team. That could limit the use of offseason roster bonuses, paid in early March, beyond the second year of a contract.For now, though, Brown should bask in the glory that comes with getting the last laugh. We almost never see this happen in football, but he dragged a team through the mud and came out better.It will probably be some time before we see it happen again. The Raiders are a slight winner. They were desperate for a receiver and did not give up much for the rights to Brown. They will pay Brown $16.7 million a year, which is in line with what Brown would have received in free agency had he been released. Ultimately, the Raiders can spin it to say they traded Amari Cooper, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick for Brown and a first-round pick — exceptional value.In some league circles, though, Oakland’s willingness to rework Brown’s contract might be viewed as enabling the player side in negotiations.MORE: Brown and Bell are gone, but Steelers’ failures will endureAs for long-term impact of this deal in the NFL, it was the first real use of player-controlled media, both social and traditional, to continue to hammer the situation. We have come a long way since Owens had to attract a crowd of reporters in his driveway to bring attention to himself.Brown’s ability to control the situation helped destroy his own trade value, and it put so much pressure on the Steelers that they had to move him. The question: Can other players follow Brown’s lead?Players in the past have not been able to replicate the success of Owens and/or Revis. Whether it was Vincent Jackson, Le’Veon Bell or Julio Jones, they threatened holdouts and tried to sell their cases to the public, but they found themselves either sitting out or returning under slightly modified deals. What Brown pulled off requires both a special player and a special situation.FREE AGENCY: Tracking signings for top players on the market MORE: Grading the Antonio Brown trade for Steelers and RaidersDespite all of that posturing, the Steelers held most of the cards. They had no real reason to trade Brown or to give him a raise. He signed a new deal in 2017 and was under contract through 2020. Had Brown actually refused to report to training camp, the Steelers would have had the right to begin to recover up to $4.63 million per year from him. The $2.5 million roster bonus never would have been exchanged, either, as the money from that would have been withheld as part of the forfeiture.Because of this, the team and the player would have reconciled about 99 percent of the time. But this was a rare happening.We can think of only two similar instances in which a player has wanted out for a new deal and has actually forced his way out: Darrelle Revis in 2013 and Terrell Owens in 2006.MORE: Antonio Brown can avoid a Terrell Owens-like end to careerThe Steelers did not want to deal with the public spectacle of the situation any longer, and their decision to move him at all costs became their loss and Brown’s gain. Brown turned $38.925 million with an effective guarantee of $15 million from the Steelers into $50.125 million with an effective guarantee of $30.125 million from the Raiders. The raise will bring Brown’s current contract value up to $79.2 million, an average of $19.8 million per season, the most for a receiver in NFL history. There are also incentives that can boost the value a few million more.The Steelers come out the big loser in all of this. They extended Brown in 2017 and paid him $29.075 million in new money for what wound up being just the 2018 season. They could have just tagged him at $16 million, avoided the drama and let him walk. Or, they could have just let him walk in the first place. Either way, they would have been in line to receive a third-round compensatory draft selection for him.Instead, they received that same third-round pick plus a fifth-rounder, and now they sit with $21.12 million in dead money for Brown. The Steelers also set a bad precedent for themselves one year after holding firm on the Le’Veon Bell contract. Antonio Brown pulled off the impossible. After forcing his trade from the Steelers and getting a large raise from the Raiders in the process, he might end up being the biggest winner of the 2019 offseason.Rarely do NFL players with next to no leverage even attempt something like this. It is even more rare that the player comes out on top. Brown’s public spat with the Steelers, which began late last season, grew worse when he suggested his time in Pittsburgh was done. He wanted to be traded, he wanted a new contract, and he threatened to retire if the Steelers did not move him. The team owed him a $2.5 million bonus if he was on the roster on the fifth day of free agency, and he refused to push that date back.