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Rick Scott continues 2012 legislative rollout at stop in Clearwater




Worker Jay Valle removes circuit boards from a wave solder machine Monday at Advanced Protection Technologies in Clearwater as Florida Gov. Rick Scott watches. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)

Gov. Rick Scott continued to pitch his 2012 legislative priorities during a morning visit at Advanced Protection Technologies, a manufacturer that produces industrial surge protectors, in Clearwater.

Despite lowered revenue projections that mean the state likely faces additional budget cuts, Scott again said he will propose tax cuts for businesses. He toured the manufacturing plant for about 30 minutes before meeting with a handful of workers, asking them for ideas to create jobs.

One worker asked about the prospect of Cuba drilling for offshore oil near Florida's coast and if Florida should drill itself. "Right now, we ought to be careful," Scott answered.

In his comments to reporters, Scott rattled off the basics of his 2012 plan: Reduce business taxes, repeal onerous regulations and require people receiving unemployment benefits to undergo some sort of job training.

Scott is heading to Tampa this afternoon to speak before the Westshore Alliance, a business group.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 2:18pm]


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