Shock radio: Scott ratchets-up tax cut demand in weekly addressby John Kennedy | April 15th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott’s weekly radio address includes a promise to voters — and maybe a threat to state lawmakers who have so far ignored his demand for $2 billion in tax cuts, mostly helping corporations and property owners.
“”I remain certain that any budget I sign into law will do the following things: reduce the size and scope of government, reduce the cost of government, and pass those savings on to taxpayers in the form of tax cuts,” Scott said.
“ The budget proposal I sent to the legislature does those three things. I will not compromise on these principles,” he concluded.
Scott’s fellow Republican House and Senate leaders have punted their attempts to resolve at least $3.3 billion in differences between their rival budget plans until after a Passover-Easter break.
House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, have said they’d welcome a chance to cut taxes. But to make room for the giveaways, even deeper spending cuts would likely have to be made.
Lawmakers are already uneasy about cutting public schools by $1 billion, while also reducing health and social service programs. But the first-year governor clearly wants more.
Scott is certain to try to burnish his anti-tax, smaller government cred over the weekend, with the governor slated to participate in tea party events tonight and Saturday in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.