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Tallahassee, Florida - One of Gov. Rick Scott's main goals in the next year is to boost Florida's manufacturing industry.

He hopes to accomplish that by convincing state lawmakers to eliminate all sales tax on manufacturing equipment. Scott argues a lot of other states already offer that tax break and Florida needs to catch up.

Florida is home to more than 17,000 manufacturers that employ 300,000 people. That makes it the twelfth largest manufacturing state in the nation.

Scott says his sales tax plan would save manufacturers about $140 million a year and encourage a surge of capital spending among companies.

Al Stimac, president of the Manufacturers Association of Florida, calls it a forward-thinking policy.

"I really think it is leveling the playing field and putting Florida on the map to help us compete with other states because manufacturing is coming back. I think Apple is bringing back a lot of manufacturing jobs. I just want to make sure they come back to the state of Florida."

Gov. Scott's proposed budget for next year includes the elimination of sales taxes on manufacturing equipment. He believes it would help create more jobs.

The average manufacturing job in Florida currently pays $52,000.

Dave Heller

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