Governor Scott May Find it Tough Getting Tax Cut Plans Passed

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By: Associated Press
February 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's economy is recovering but that's no guarantee state legislators will pass all the tax cuts Gov. Rick Scott wants.

State legislators have to a pass a budget during their annual session that opens next week.

Scott wants legislators to use a projected budget windfall to pay for tax cuts and provide more money for schools. Scott wants to cut taxes by nearly $700 million. That includes a cut in the taxes Floridians pay on their cellphone and cable television bills.

But it's not clear if lawmakers would be willing to go along with all of Scott's proposals.

That's because Florida might lose more than $1 billion it gets from the federal government. The money is being used now to pay hospitals that treat the poor and uninsured.

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