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Gov. Rick Scott gives lawmakers the hard sell in his State of State, brushes off critics



Gov. Rick Scott gave state lawmakers the hard sell in a measured and positive State of the State speech Tuesday, urging them to embrace his vision of a transformed Florida that would serve as a national model of job creation with fewer taxes and less regulation on businesses.

Scott acknowledged his long line of critics, but told lawmakers to stare them down.

"Don't blink," he said in the biggest applause line, drawing a standing ovation. "Don't let special interests persuade you to turn your backs on the people who elected you."

Scott's 27-minute speech, his first time addressing the Legislature, was less of a policy road map than a continuation of his campaign, offering few specifics while portraying his budget plan as a boon for businesses that would lead to jobs for 1.1 million out-of-work Floridians.

Just like Scott calls his spending proposal a "jobs budget," this was his jobs speech.

He said "job" or "jobs" 34 times. Read entire story here. Full text of speech here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:52pm]


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