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FL Gov. Scott: Use surplus to cut taxes

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Updated: 9/18/2013 10:46 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Florida Governor Rick Scott laid a plan for tax cuts that he said will help the average family by putting them back to work. Gov. Scott's "Tax Cut Tour" targeted job creators in five cities in order to drum up support for the plan. He didn't meet much opposition from business leaders in the small crowd at the University of North Florida who commended him for his business-friendly tax cut plan.

Gov. Scott asked for ideas from the crowd but suggested cutting property taxes, car registration fees and the communication services tax, which is passed along on telephone and cable television bills, for example. He also wants to add sales tax holidays.

"We're listening," he said. "What's going to help our families the most? What's going to help job creation the most? Those are two things that I care about. Every family in our state wants to get to work."

A rare budget surplus has allowed the state $500 million to use. Gov. Scott wants to use it to fund the tax cuts and said people won't have to worry about cuts in public services. He didn't release specific details about the plan but said giving money back to taxpayers is better than letting the state spend it.

"It's going to get our economy going. It's going to continue the process we've done every year so far," Gov. Scott added. "All three sessions we've gone through we've cut taxes. And guess what? We have more jobs."

Gov. Scott pushed his first-term record as one filled with tax cuts, explaining he also turned the budget deficit into a surplus and added new jobs.

Yet state Democrats aren't convinced. They told Action News his tax cut tour appeared to be a way to cater to business leaders who will fund his reelection bid for governor in 2014. Democrats believe the surplus money is better served being poured back into education or health care.

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