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Scott begins listening tour on potential tax cuts

September 11, 2013
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has embarked on a tour around the state to hear from business owners and residents about how to cut $500 million in taxes and fees next year, when he likely will face a tough re-election fight. But Democrats say the tour is nothing more than political posturing and warned that the cuts would favor special interest groups.

Florida is expected to have an extra $1.5 billion on hand next year if the economy continues to recover.

Scott said Tuesday he isn't committed to any hard plan, but two poster boards show cuts for employers could include business taxes on electricity and sales taxes on commercial leases. Potential cuts for Florida residents could come in the form of sales tax holidays or cuts to car registration fees, property taxes and communications services taxes.

The four- day tour will include stops in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.



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