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Rick Scott to launch seven-city victory tour on $400 million tax-cut bill

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott takes a one-day victory lap around the state to celebrate more than $400 million in tax cuts going back to citizens.

Scott will visit seven Florida cities on a 12-hour “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Tax Cut Victory Tour, a recently signed $428.9-million tax-cut bill presented in the newly passed $79 billion state budget.

The Republican governor will focus on how the tax cuts will save Florida families money on cell phone, cable and satellite TV bills.

Events include a stop Miami for 10:30 a.m. at Sergio’s Restaurant, 1640 NW 87th Ave., in Miami. Later, Scott will be in St. Petersburg for a 2:15 p.m. visit to the CI Group, 12115 28th Street North.

Highlights of the tax-cut plan include a drop in taxes charged on cell phone and cable television services. The current rate of 6.65 percent rate will now be 4.92 percent, or about $20 a year on a $100 monthly – about half of the $40 annual cut Scott initially proposed.

The full schedule starts with a visit to Fort Myers, 8:30 a.m. at D3 Glass, 17132 Alico Center Road. At 10:30 a.m., he will be at Sergio’s Restaurant, 1640 NW 87th Ave. in Miami. Then, at 12:15 p.m., Scott will be at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, 5190 Lake Worth Rd. in Greenacres. At 2:10 p.m., he moves to St. Petersburg for a visit to the CI Group, 12115 28th Street North.

By 4:15 p.m., Scott will be at Main Street Mowers, 12403 West Colonial Drive in Winter Garden, followed by a 6:10 p.m. stop at Mudville Grille, 1301 Monument Road in Jacksonville. Scott finishes the tour at 7:15 PM (CDT) at The Apple Market, 1021 Scenic Highway in Pensacola.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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