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Gov. Scott to launch $1 million TV ad campaign for tax cuts

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching an expensive television ad campaign to convince state legislators to back his tax cut package. Scott’s political committee will start airing ads next week in the state’s media markets. The ad buy by Let’s Get to Work is expected to cost more than $1 million. Scott wants state legislators this year to approve $1 billion worth of tax cuts. He is also asking the Florida Legislature to create a $250 million fund to lure…

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Steve Crisafulli says Governor may get his $1billion in tax cuts

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Florida House of Representatives Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Friday said lawmakers may well give Gov. Rick Scott his requested $1 billion tax cut in next year’s state budget. Don’t expect that as the gift that keeps on giving, though. “The reality of a billion dollars (in tax cuts) recurring is not off the table so much as it’s just not possible,” especially in the context of increased funding for education every year, Crisafulli said. The Merritt Island Republican held a pre-legislative session…

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Rick Scott touts budget priorities, highlights job growth in Jacksonville

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Gov. Rick Scott highlighted a Jacksonville confectioner’s jobs expansion Monday as he continued to push for his business tax cut priorities. Sweet Pete’s, a candy and chocolate manufacturer, opened in Jacksonville back in 2010 and recently expanded operations with 75 new jobs and the purchase of a 23,000-square-foot facility. “It is exciting to highlight their growth in Florida and across the nation with 75 new jobs just this year,” Scott said. “We want small businesses like Sweet Pete’s, who would directly benefit from our…

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Rick Scott makes personal pitch for $1 billion in tax cuts

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is trying to win support for his $1 billion tax cut package. Scott on Tuesday spent more than an hour before a House legislative committee defending his push for his tax cuts, many targeted toward businesses. It was a rare sight for the governor to spend so much time interacting with lawmakers. But Scott’s move comes when it’s unclear if legislators will go along with his tax cut package, as well as other parts of his…

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Despite resistance, Rick Scott wants $1 billion in tax cuts

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Setting up another contentious budget battle, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was expected Thursday to call for $1 billion in tax cuts, most of it targeted at businesses. Scott’s is recommending the hefty amount despite signs that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature will resist going along with such a large tax cut package. Scott, however, will argue that the dramatic tax cuts will help the state’s economy withstand the next downturn. “We can’t only create jobs when the national economy is good,”…

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Florida Chamber poll shows wide support for cable and cell phone tax cut

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A new poll shows Floridians want a tax cut that would save them money on their cell phone and cable bills. Earlier this year Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced a plan to cut $470 million in taxes on those services. The cut would save the average Florida family who spends $100 a month on cable and cell service about $43 a year. A Chamber of Commerce poll released Monday shows 70 percent of those polled support the tax while only…

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Andy Gardiner says Senate will meet with House, Gov ‘anytime’ to ‘discuss a way forward’

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Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner stands committed to expanding Medicaid access even though leaders in the Florida House — and now Gov. Rick Scott — don’t support the efforts. Gardiner issued a statement Monday saying that the Florida Senate will continue to move ahead with its proposal called the Florida Health Insurance Exchange Program –or FHIX–because it’s a conservative, Florida-based free market solution to providing access to health care for 800,000 Floridians who are eligible for a Medicaid expansion under the…

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