Last call for 1.25.23: A primetime read on what’s happening in Florida politics

Last Call: A prime-time read on what’s going on in Florida politics.

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Senator Blaise Ingoglia and representative Toby Overdorf introduced legislation that would protect Florida businesses if they are “targeted” by the Internal Revenue Service.

The legislation would require state-chartered financial institutions to generate a regular report on IRS inquiries about Florida accounts; require online applications reporting digital currency transactions to issue 1099s to Florida businesses; and establish a “Liability Trust Fund” to help Florida small businesses defend, or even sue, the IRS in the event of politically motivated audits or federal overreach.

The bills (SB 372/HB 507) come half a year after the president Joe Biden signed the “Reducing Inflation Act,” which included increased funding for the IRS to hire about 87,000 new agents.

“The prospect of 87,000 more IRS agents is terrifying. So while our friends in Congress try to derail funding for this ridiculous gang of bullies, we at the state level are arming our small businesses with the tools they need to fight back if they are targeted because of their political affiliation or ideological differences.” , Ingoglia. saying.

State and national Republicans have criticized the move to expand the IRS workforce, including Florida’s CFO jimmy patronis, who warned that a stronger IRS could lead to “extortion of small businesses” by the federal government. He praised Ingoglia and Oberdorf for trying to address it at the state level.

“Today, the Florida Legislature took its first step in fighting the IRS. Senator Blaise Ingoglia and Representative Toby Overdorf introduced one of the most important pieces of legislation aimed at protecting Floridians and small businesses from IRS expansion that includes adding 87,000 new IRS agents,” Patronis said.

“Capital is flowing into Florida at historic levels, and there is no question that the Biden Administration will target our middle class to fund its already bloated programs. Now is the time to take a stand against the IRS, and I have never been more proud to be a Floridian.”


Moms for Liberty announced that it will hold its second Annual National Summit “Joyful Warriors” in Philly this summer.

This week in January also marks exactly two years since Moms for Liberty became a national organization, expanding beyond Florida in 2021 and into New York. The organization now has a presence in 43 states.

The Joyful Warrior Summit will take place June 29-July 2 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Moms for Liberty said it will announce “keynote keynote speakers” in the coming weeks, and that the event will also include breakout sessions on recent controversies in K-12 education and stories from parents on how they are struggling to have a voice in the public of their children. education.

“It is only fitting that we hold our National Summit in the birthplace of our nation’s own freedom from government control and tyranny. Philadelphia is the perfect place to showcase our nation’s core value of freedom, especially at a time when government leaders have re-imposed mandatory masking in some K-12 public schools. We are excited to reunite with our fellow joy warriors in Philadelphia just days before America celebrates the 4th of July,” co-founders of Moms for Liberty. tiffany justice Y Tina Descovich he said in a press release.

Moms for Liberty, founded in Brevard County, has proven to be a powerful political force, especially in Florida, where candidates endorsed by the group won School Board seats in numerous counties. The group also became closely allied with the governor. ron desantiswho had particular success with the endorsement of the School Board and also won re-election in a landslide last year.

night readings

—“Lawsuit threatened as black lawmakers criticize Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rejection of AP black history coursevia Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics

—“Florida has record Obamacare enrollment by 2023via Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics

—”Texas GOP event features 2024 alternatives to DeSantis, Donald Trumpvia AG Gancarski of Florida Politics

—”Andrew Warren writes to DeSantis asking him to reinstate him as state’s attorneyvia Gray Rohrer of Florida Politics

—”Impact of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law on LGBTQ+ Parents; more than half considered moving out of Floridavia Mitch Perry of Florida Phoenix

—“Florida Republicans promise school vouchers for all, but don’t reveal funding plan” via Jeffrey S. Solochek and Ana Ceballos of the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

—“After 18 years, a $1.5 billion levee repair has been completed on Florida’s Lake Ovia Curt Anderson of The Associated Press

—”Democratic lawmakers introduce bills to stop gay or trans ‘panic defense’via Anne Geggis of Florida Politics

—”Yes, 2023 is an election year. Here are the races to watch.via Geoffrey Skelley of FiveThirtyEight

—”Gas stoves and the political problem of sacrificevia Vox’s Kelsey Piper

—”Who goes first on your joint tax return? Probably not the woman.via Richard Rubin of The Wall Street Journal

quote of the day

“We are here to notify the governor. DeSantis that if he does not negotiate with the College Board to allow AP African American Studies to be taught in classrooms throughout the state of Florida, these three young men will be the lead plaintiffs in a landmark lawsuit.”

civil rights attorney Ben Crumpspeaking at a rally at the state Capitol.

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Last Call is published by Peter Schorschassembled and edited by Phil Amman Y drew wilson With contributions from Florida Politics staff.

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