Gov. Rick Scott's office released excerpts from Tuesday's State of the State address in anticipation of its delivery Tuesday on the opening day of the 2013 legislative session. Scott will deliver the address live to a joint session of the Legislature in the House chambers in Tallahassee.
Among the highlights:
"This year, we have two priorities to keep our economy growing: First, remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, and second, invest in our teachers by giving them a well-deserved pay raise."
"Now is not the time to turn back to the legacy of taxing and borrowing that crippled the economy we inherited two years ago. We must stay the course for economic growth and job creation.”
"Florida's education system is making tremendous progress, due in large part to our great teachers and the work by Governor Bush and many in this Legislature ... the best way we can build on this progress is to reward our hard-working teachers with a $2,500 pay raise.
"We came into office saying we wanted to create an environment that would encourage businesses to add 700,000 jobs over seven years. When I took office two years ago, the debate was about whether or not this goal was even possible.
"Now there is a debate about how to count all the jobs being created, and who should get credit for it., Maybe it is because I am not a politician, but I think this is a great debate to have. It celebrates the fact that our economy is again creating jobs, and as Ronald Reagan said, there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care about who gets the credit."
-- Steve Bousquet