Gov. Rick Scott, (R)-Florida, used a speech to a conservative group to call for $500 million in cuts to Florida taxes and fees.
Scott spoke to about 2,000 participants at the Americans For Prosperity annual convention which is being held Friday and Saturday at a Universal Studios hotel. About half were from out-of-state.
Scott lamented the financial situation he inherited from his predecessor, then said Florida is back on economic track and it's time to use extra revenues to cut taxes.
"Working with the Florida Legislature, we have cut taxes year after year, even while forcing government to live within its means. This year, we are committed to returning even more money to hard-working Floridians," he said.
Scott offered no specifics about where he proposes to cut taxes and fees. He has called for tax cuts every year he's been in office.
This year he has extra incentives: republicans in the legislature recently signaled they're ready to consider tax cuts and Scott faces a tough re-election campaign.
A spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party called Scott's speech "misguided" and the governor's message is one of "giveaways to businesses at the expense of the middle class."