The Florida legislature on Monday passed a tax cut package that included a break for yacht owners who spend more than $1 million on repairs.
The Associated Press noted that the provision capping taxes on boat repairs at $60,000 was tucked away in a package of more than $400 million in tax cuts.
During a floor debate on Monday, Democratic Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orlando argued that the cuts would largely benefit the wealthy.
“There are many people in my district who own boats, but none of them own boats where they would have repairs over a million dollars,” she pointed out. “In fact, the boat itself would not be worth a million dollars.”
“And so a part of this tax package limits repairs on boats — really yachts — to $60,000, but it you are a small person and you have a small boat, you’re going to have to pay these taxes,” Thompson explained. “But if you have a yacht and the repairs on your yacht are over a million dollars then it’s capped at $60,000.”
The Orlando Democrat encouraged her fellow lawmakers to consider that “the lower income person pays a higher proportion of their earnings already in taxes.”
“This tax cut, as I look at it, does nothing to help that,” she said. “It is something that is for the wealthy and the very wealthy and does nothing for the little guy.”
Republican Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, who sponsored the amendment, defended the proposed tax cut, saying that it was intended to create jobs.
“Yeah, these are big yachts,” he admitted. “But these are also yachts that go all over the country, all over the world. And they can get the repairs done in South Carolina or Georgia or North Carolina just by paying for the fuel to get up there.”
According to Latvala, the bill was “not about saving millionaires money, it’s about getting jobs for people who aren’t millionaires.”
Watch the video below from the Florida Senate.
Video catches woman in Central Park falsely reporting ‘an African-American man threatening my life’
A video circulated on social media on Monday showed a woman in Central Park falsely claiming that an "African-American man" threatened her life.
The incident was said to occur between a man and a white woman over the Memorial Day weekend. Cell phone video shared on Twitter revealed a verbal confrontation as the woman was exercising her dog without a leash.
After the man asked the woman to put her dog on a leash, he took out his phone to film her.
"Please stop," the woman says. "Sir, I'm asking you to stop recording me."
"Please don't come close to me," the man replies.
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc