Florida Legislature opens annual session

- Florida’s 118th regular legislative session began Tuesday, with Governor Rick Scott giving his sixth State of the State address.  Speaking to a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Scott used one word to sum up the current state of the state… growing.

The governor asked lawmakers to pass one billion dollars in tax cuts in an effort to help businesses create more jobs and bring more companies to Florida. In a speech that lasted about 30 minutes, Scott credited his pro-business policies with creating one million jobs in the state under his watch. 

“We must keep doing what has worked for the last five years, to help Floridians get a job and live their dreams and keep cutting taxes,” said Gov. Scott. 

However, many Democrats like House Minority Leader Mark Pafford say the governor’s tax cut plan does very little for the average resident of Florida.

“The governor has missed out on a lot. The state has suffered. I don’t see that improving no matter how many billions of dollars, or in this case one billion, he wants to give again to the corporations in this state,” said State Rep. Mark Pafford, D- House Minority Leader.

House and Senate leaders have generally said they like the idea of cutting taxes by one billion dollars. However, there are disagreements on which taxes should be cut and whether the cuts should be permanent or only for this year.


Information taken from News Service of Florida.

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