Gov. Rick Scott took his campaign for a billion dollar tax cut in 2016 directly to lawmakers last week, making a rare appearance at a House committee meeting when his budget director Cynthia Kelly briefed lawmakers on his budget recommendation.
The $79.3 billion spending plan represents a 1-percent increase over the current state budget. It sparked a philosophical debate in a House committee meeting that spread the next day to a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle focused on most of the cuts in Scott’s proposal are targeted toward businesses. Scott wants to eliminate the corporate income tax for manufacturers and retailers.