Gov. Rick Scott will emphasize jobs, tax cuts, incentives
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday released select passages from the State of the State Speech that he will deliver to a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday. Here are excerpts:
"Real prosperity is created by the ingenuity and hard work of the American people. The people of Florida have proven that when they are unfettered by the artificial constraints of government, they are the ones who create real and genuine prosperity for their families. Prosperity that is created naturally, not from the top down, but rather from the bottom up. Floridians want the opportunity to live their dreams.
"Therefore, I believe that the best way to help our weakest, our poorest, and our most disadvantaged neighbors live their dreams is to help them get a job.
"A job is the number one way to change any person's life for the better ...and today, I am proud to report to you that the State of Florida is, in one word, 'growing!'"
"While I am pleased to report to you today that the State of Florida is growing, I must confess that our work has just begun.
"Now, we face the mighty task of keeping job creation going strong.
"Now, we must set our sights even higher to make sure we do not fall back.
"Now, we must be dedicated to making Florida not second to Texas, but, first in the nation for job growth for years to come!
"Our goals are mighty, our challenge is clear. We have two objectives:
"First, we must keep doing what's worked the last five years to help Floridians get a job and live their dreams and keep cutting taxes!
"Second, we must diversify our economy and help small businesses grow by creating a new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund, which has already been endorsed by mayors and city leaders all across our state.