Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2017 legislative session Tuesday by recounting what has been a difficult and tragic year for Florida.
He recalled the nation's deadliest mass shooting, when a gunman killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, though Scott did not mention that Pulse was an LGBTQ club or that it was Latin night and the victims were members of those communities. A second shooter killed five people at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. The state was the epicenter of a Zika virus outbreak. And for the first time in a decade, hurricanes hit Florida — two of them.
Then, Scott turned toward what he wants to accomplish this year.
In his State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature, Scott outlined plans for tax cuts on businesses and military veterans, increased state spending on counterterrorism and defended a pet agency that has already been a source of conflict between him and the Republican-controlled House.