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Scott uses radio address to push tax cuts, raise veto question



110414_scott.jpgGov. Rick Scott never uses the "v" word, but he raises that possibility in the weekly radio address he released today. (Listen below)

"I remain certain that any budget I sign into law will do the following things: reduce the size and scope of government, reduce the cost of government and pass those savings on to taxpayersin the form of tax cuts," Scott says. "The budget proposal I sent to the Legislature does those three things. 

"I will not compromise on these principles."

Technically, Scott could let the budget become law without his signature. (But keep in mind we've already seen plenty of posturing from the two chambers this week.)

In the address, Scott tells Floridians to urge their House and Senate members (two chambers controlled by his fellow Republicans) to support the "budget Floridians deserve."

Both the House and Senate have some tax relief in their competing budget proposals, but neither comes anywhere close to Scott's $1.7 billion ask.

The Senate cuts property taxes collected by state water management districts by $210.5 million. The House includes a three-day back-to-school sales tax "holiday."

"Business and property tax cuts are critical to make Florida No. 1 in job creation," Scott said. "Lowering taxes will attract businesses and jobs to our state. I am confident that, with your help, the Legislature will make the right decision."

[Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011 5:21pm]


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