Paul Guzzo of the Tampa Bay Times attended a Thursday morning news conference where Gov. Rick Scott went to an old talking point.
That's a lot of cause and effect Scott is attributing to cutting taxes.
With job creation, remember that Scott claimed upon taking office that he would create 700,000 jobs on top of what the state would have created anyway. As Allison Graves of PolitiFact pointed out earlier this year, there's much ground to be made up before Scott reaches that promise.
It's true that state revenue has grown, but as Joshua Gillin pointed out last year for PolitiFact, economists say it's difficult to show that tax cuts have caused this growth. Gillin also showed that much of what Scott claims are tax cuts are better described as temporary exemptions. And some of the reductions benefit a narrow group that wouldn't include most Floridians.
Scott has been touring the state promoting his tax cut plan for next year. On Thursday, he chose Weather Tite Windows, a family-owned business, where he highlighted his plan to proposed $180 million in tax cuts for next year's budget, including $15 million in sales tax breaks during three one-week periods for hurricane supplies. He's also proposing $73 million for a sales tax holiday on school supplies.
Afterward, Guzzo asked is it's a conflict of interest for the Legislature to investigate claims of sexual harassment against its members and if was concerned it might prevent him from achieving his legislative agenda.
He lauded state efforts to accommodate the number of evacuees from Puerto Ricans who have come to Florida after Hurricane Maria.
And he bristled when it was suggested that the Legislature might investigate how his administration handled the Hollywood Hills nursing home deaths.