TALLAHASSEE — Blaming the federal government for Florida’s financial woes, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday said he was prepared to call Florida lawmakers back for a special session to complete the budget — and even encourage them to pass a bare-bones budget if necessary.
Scott also suggested one of his top priorities was in jeopardy: $673 million in tax cuts.
“If (lawmakers) fail to cut taxes in this legislative session, it is clear that cutting taxes by more than $1 billion will become the top priority for next year’s legislative session when there is no longer any uncertainty around health care funding, which is already over 40 percent of our state’s $77 billion budget,” he said in a statement.
The statement came as the Senate and House convened rare meetings — one in the open and the other out of the public eye — but showed no signs of ending the budget showdown that has crippled the legislative session.