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Florida Gov. Scott to give final State of the State speech

Florida Gov. Scott to give final State of the State speech

"Working together, we've created an environment where our private sector has added almost 1.5 million jobs, our GDP has grown 26 percent, home values have skyrocketed, we've decreased state debt by $9 billion, and our unemployment rate has dropped from over 10 percent when I took office to a more than 10-year low of 3.6 percent - even lower than the national rate", Scott said.

For Scott, the connection to Florida businesses is personal. Tax cuts have also been a major theme. "Nothing much ever happened".

"There were the naysayers who told us there was no way that a businessman with no experience in politics or government could possibly be successful at helping turn Florida's economy around", Scott said.

It's not clear, however, just how much support Scott can garner for his agenda from his fellow Republicans in charge of the Legislature during his a year ago in office. That includes a state unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, which is below the national average. Scott is also pushing a proposal to require a vote by a two-thrids majority of the legislature in order to approve a tax increase.

If passed, the amendment wouldn't be lifted if the state entered a financial crisis, Scott said.

"It is during times of economic downturn where this proposal is needed the most", he argued.

Long one of Scott's key talking points, the governor took a victory lap over the state of the economy, citing a vastly improved economy since he took office in 2011 as a sign of his stewardship, along with a Republican-controlled legislature showing results. Jeff Clemens and Jack Latvala.

According to a December 2017 report on Florida's debt affordability, as of June 30, 2017, the state's total overall debt outstanding stood at $22.7 billion.

"I was stunned to learn that state employees who reported incidents of sexual harassment did not have their identities protected in many circumstances", he said.

To Scott, the first step to ending a lengthy problem with sexual harassment begins at the top in the Florida Legislature.

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"Things have got to change, and it starts right here in this building", he said. "The people of Florida deserve better than what they are reading about in the news".

"In Florida we have zero tolerance for anyone who attacks our law enforcement officers, and I will fight to make sure justice is swift and these killers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law", Scott said.

"I'm honored to deliver my final State of the State address today", said FL Governor, Rick Scott.

"There is still more we can do together to help Puerto Ricans displaced by the storm", he said.

Scott wants to expand sales-tax holidays for Floridians when they buy school and hurricane supplies, and he wants to cut some motor-vehicle fees, including reducing the renewal fee for drivers' licenses from $48 to $20.

Technically speaking, legislators don't have to pass any bills besides the state budget.

Rick Scott's high school photo.

Future House Speaker and House budget chair Rep. Jose Oliva has already said the House will aim to pass a budget that is less than Scott's proposed number, though nothing is set in stone just yet.

Foreign affairs could play a role if Scott, a Republican, decides to challenge U.S. Sen.

"I know I talk about jobs numbers a lot, to the point where the reporters all roll their eyes", Scott said January 9, 2018.


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