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A View from the Right, “Go, Florida!: A Case Study in Successful, Conservative, Pro-growth Policies”:
[Gov. Rick Scott said] I took office with a projected $3.6 billion budget gap. As we made the hard decisions to live within our means during my first year in office, there was plenty of criticism to go around. We streamlined services and targeted reforms to help businesses compete. But, we heard from the critics when we turned down stimulus funds and balanced the budget. They said, federal money was “free.” I was told to grab all the free federal money I could. […]
If we believe in common sense, conservative solutions, we must be willing to face the critics and get in the arena and fight. I have now been in office for more than two years and we are beginning to see the results of conservative, pro-growth solutions in Florida:
• We have turned around a four-year record of 800,000 lost jobs before I took office, and the private sector in Florida has now created nearly 370,000 jobs over the last 2 1/2 years.
• Our unemployment rate has dropped below the national average, and Florida’s rate has had the second biggest improvement in the country.
• We have paid off $3.5 billion in state debt.
• We have downsized our state government workforce to the lowest level in the history of Florida. Why? Because the private sector is the engine to job creation -– not government.
• We have eliminated more than 2,600 state regulations on job creators.
• We paid back $3.5 billion in federal loans for re-employment assistance.
• And, we did all this while also cutting taxes five times in three years, including: The elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment to help jump-start manufacturing investment. Continuing to roll back the business tax, so that today around 70 percent of our businesses no longer pay it. And, we cut property taxes for homeowners and businesses.
I hope the critics -– and the tax and spend liberals who think you have to grow government to grow the economy -– are paying attention to what happened next…
• After right-sizing government and cutting taxes, this year, we had our first budget surplus in six years. But, it gets better. […]
Conservative, pro-growth policies are clearly working in Florida. And, more revenue into the state means we must return more tax dollars to the hardworking people of Florida. After all, it’s your money.
That’s why I am excited to announce today that I will fight to cut taxes and fees for Florida families by half a billion dollars in our next proposed budget. It’s your money, not the government’s.