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Rick Scott’s $500 Million Tax Cutting Tour Hits The Road

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By JAVIER MANJARRES

Florida Governor Rick Scott is embarking on the new “It’s your money” tax-cutting tour around the state on Tuesday, in an effort to sell his 2014 $500 million tax and fee cutting proposal to voters, who in turn could pressure state legislators to back Scott’s effort to cut taxes.

As of now, it is expected that Florida’s budget could reach a surplus of $2 billion.

“Working with the Florida Legislature, we have cut taxes year after year, even while forcing government to live within its means. This year, we are committed to returning even more money to hard-working Floridians.”- Gov. Rick Scott

Scott first pitched the idea to conservative activists at the annual Americans for Prosperity summit in Orlando, Florida, where he also took the opportunity to take a shot at Republican turned Independent, and now Democrat, Charlie Crist, for his support of President Obama’s 2009 tax hiking Stimulus Act.

“My predecessor made a name for himself by hugging President Obama’s stimulus spending — and even hugged the President,” Scott said. “When he was asked the stimulus money, he said he needed the money. As a result, spending and debt increased at an alarming rate. … Florida was in a hole — and for about four years — the state just kept digging.”-Gov. Rick Scott


According to the Miami Herald, Crist stuck to his hug.

“I thought it was right and smart to invest in our fellow Floridians,” Crist stated. “…It just made sense to want to help us get through the very tough economy.”-Charlie Crist

Crist told a group of black leaders in Fort Lauderdale last week, that he would be launching his gubernatorial campaign against Scott in early October.

Expect Charlie Crist to take credit for Florida’s flourishing economy and jobs growth, by somehow trying convince Floridians that his support of Obama’s Stimulus Act and other tax burdening legislation, were the real cause for Florida’s economic success and job stimulation.

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  • Ken

    Governor Scott has forgotten what Republicans overwhelmingly voted for with Preservation 2000. We want our open spaces protected. We demand it.

  • Josie Weeks-Elliott

    Meanwhile, rural counties are dying due to the tax cuts Crist gave when he lowered the property taxes across the state. Now we will be hit harder.

    • BillB

      Josie,
      As per my prior post charlie christ didn’t ‘give’ anything.
      It was Amendment 1 which was passed by the voters that while better than nothing, a poor attempt at what the state so desperately needed at the time: Property Tax REFORM, not patches and temporary fixes.

      At this point in time money is actually starting to flow back into the coffers. And one of the reasons why, investors. Investors like Black Stone who’s buying up homes all over the place to rent out. With them not getting a Homestead Exemption on so many properties that had them before guess what, money’s flowing in again.

      Now some city & county governments are trying to be revenue neural by keeping the mil rates down. (something that if they’d done across the state when money staring poring like a tropical deluge some 10-12 years ago we again would have been so much better off ).

      Though the cycle starts again, public employee unions will demand their fair (not) share again, etc. If we could only remember and learn from the past ……..

  • Bill

    DAMMED IF YOU DO AND DAMMED IF YOU DON’T. JOBS ARE
    INCREASING, BUSINESS IS UP, REAL ESTATE IS GOING UP
    AND SELLING BETTER. WHATS WRONG WITH THAT. OH YOU
    WANT MORE HAND OUTS .. IF THE JOBS NOT PAYING YOU ENOUGH GET ANOTHER OR WORK TWO JOBS, IF YOU WANT
    MORE BAD ENOUGH.. WE DAM SURE DO NOT NEED A CHARLIE CHRIS THE FLIP FLOPPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lowie

    This is great news for Floridians and he should be applauded for being a good steward of our money. The federal government needs to take lessons from fiscal conservatives such as Rick Scott. Lower fees and taxes will allow more money for taxpayers to stimulate their own counties. My county has been hit hard by failed economic policies of this president.
    Thank you Governor Scott. You have our support.

  • BillB

    Good ole’ Charlie can take full credit for that buddy hug he gave obama , certainly nothing more !!!

    Charlie the Lair Christ ran in ’04 with the specific platform of fixing the then spiraling out of control property tax bills that so many were getting due to bloated and inflated property values. Long story short, all he ended up doing was pandering to the public employee unions AND those elected local & county morons that sent millions of tax payer paid funds to lobby Tally to thwart even the most sensible approach to property tax reform. IMAGINE if you will, Governor Lying Christ really HAD done something . Florida’s economy would not have taken nearly the steep decline it did. Remember the Maine, and never forget Lyin’ Charlie !

  • http://www.posterchildrenfortermlimits.com George Blumel

    Charlie Crist is the Consummate Politician –he will do or say anything to advance himself –here’s a classic example: Crist tells CNN that he never supported the stimulus package…but as Chris Matthews notes, Crist was lying — he did support the stimulus. In fact, Crist not only supported the stimulus, but he did so standing right at President Obama’s side. Roll the video tape:

    http://www.dailykos.com/tv/w/002321/#sthash.wc6MNv3Q.dpuf

    Crist vs Scott is like Crist vs Rubio last time –he had to run away and change his party affiliation.

  • lorraine

    Governor Scott has run this State like a business which it is. He is a businessman and has made my State of Florida productive and looked out for the middle class. If you first job does not pay enough get a second job. I did until i saved to get what i wanted. it is not easy but life is not easy. People will vote for Chist just like they voted for Obama. But I think most people believe including myself that Gov. Scott wants Florida to be productive and has made it happen. I am glad he has the backbone to say NO and the intelligence to say YES when necessary.