Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rick Scott won't back down on promise to cut taxes

From Gary Fineout of the Herald-Tribune on Jan. 1:
TALLAHASSEE - Gov.-elect Rick Scott, who will be sworn in next Tuesday, has no plans to back off his campaign pledge to cut property taxes by 19 percent in the coming year, even though the state's financial picture has worsened in the months since he first made that promise.

Scott, the millionaire businessman from Naples, also vowed during an interview this past week that he will try to fulfill all of his campaign promises, from selling the state plane to donating his salary of more than $130,000 a year to charity.

Scott even hinted that he plans to spend two terms as governor, unlike departing Gov. Charlie Crist, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. Senate seat after one term.

"You think the next eight years will be boring?" Scott joked at one point. "You will have plenty to write about."


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