The governor claims his twoyears of cutting taxes and regulations has been good for the state, as evidenceby a falling jobless rate. This year, he is calling for a new round of taxbreaks on equipment used to manufacture goods, and a $2,500 a year raise forFlorida's teachers.
He also gave a heartfelt plea for legislators to expandMedicaid coverage for the next 3 years for nearly 1 million Floridians whocurrently do not have health insurance. The federal government has promised topay 100 percent of the cost for the 3-year, test pilot program. FloridaHouse leaders rejected the idea on Monday.