By Gary Fineout
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has a little more than a year left in office, is releasing his final set of budget recommendations on Tuesday.
And it’s sure to contain many of the same items that the Republican governor has recommended in past years: A smattering of tax cuts, probably a small increase in school funding (possibly backed by a rise in property values), and his evergreen request that all state workers pay the same for health insurance. (Legislators have rejected this idea year in and year out.)
But to sound vaguely like a country song, Scott is a long, long way from Eustis, where he rolled out his first budget at an event filled with tea party supporters.
In that first ever proposal, Scott rolled out a spending plan that called for nearly $5 billion in spending cuts in 2011-12 fiscal year, which would then be used to help with $2 billion of recurring tax cuts.
When he first ran for governor, Scott constantly touted his “7-7-7” plan that he said would lead to nearly 700,000 jobs if the plan’s seven steps were followed over seven years. (Those 700,000 jobs were on top of normal growth, Scott said at the time, but …read more
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