FRLA Applauds Governor Scott’s Efforts to Slash Cell Phone and TV Tax

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
850.224.2250 x255

(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) applauds Governor Rick Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” budget and his efforts to slash the cell phone and TV tax. Currently, the communications services tax (CST), is an unnecessary financial burden on businesses and Floridians who are paying a rate of 9.17 percent on commercial landlines, cell phone and cable services, and 13.17 percent on satellite services. FRLA is hopeful that the Florida Legislature will approve Governor Scott’s tax cut proposal that will save Floridians an estimated $470 million annually.

“By working to cut the cell phone and TV tax, Governor Scott is once again giving Florida families a greater opportunity to succeed and the chance for businesses to thrive. His efforts will continue to make our great state a wonderful place for restaurants, hotels and attractions to set up shop, in turn building on our record success as a tourism destination. Not to mention, this will put money back in Floridians’ pockets and give them the opportunity to enjoy world-class hospitality service in their own backyard,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

To find out how much you could save, click here to use the tax cut calculator. For more information about Governor Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” budget please click here.

# # #

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, October 6-8, 2015 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.