TALLAHASSEE (AP) — 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 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,” Scott said in a statement. “We must cut taxes and diversify our economy so Florida can grow even when the national economy is bad.”