Session Week 10: Session Ends in Overtime

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Session Week 10: Session Ends in Overtime


Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session ended last week as Governor Rick Scott signed an $88.7 billion budget package into law. The new budget will take effect on July 1, and includes nearly $400 million in school safety initiatives, and an additional $20 million for hurricane-related relief.

The 2018-2019 budget also includes a roughly $180 million tax cut, and language was included that makes the Taxpayer Advocate function more transparently and independently.

FICPA Input Changes Local Government Bills
Amendments to legislation that would alter the deadline & scope of local government audits failed to pass before the end of session. The FICPA was instrumental in providing input on these issues.


Justin Thames
Director of Governmental Affairs


Ensuring that the CPA profession has a voice in the 2018 elections is a top priority. The direction of the state has the potential to change dramatically with the entire Cabinet, half of the State Senate and the entire House of Representatives being on this year’s ballot. The Florida CPA/PAC works tirelessly to inform those running for office about the issues most important to our members. In order to be successful, we need your support. The annual fundraising campaign has officially kicked-off and you can do your part by sending in your pledge form that you recently received, making a contribution online or with your FICPA dues.

Please note: contributions are strictly voluntary and are not deductible for federal tax purposes. The Florida CPA/PAC is an entity completely separate from the FICPA. The Florida CPA/PAC is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others