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Lawmakers cut taxes, still seek budget deal

Lawmakers cut taxes, still seek budget deal

TALLAHASSEE — Cable and phone taxes will be cut and back-to-school items will be exempt from sales taxes for an extra week as part of a bill passed by lawmakers Monday that trims taxes by $429 million over two years. The cuts are one of the final pieces lawmakers need to complete a state budget, something they continued to work on well into the night. "We're not done yet,'' said Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, early in the day. "There's still going to be some hiccups. Today will be a long day." The final sticking point was spending on education, which includes whether to include $60 million to start construction of a downtown...