Tallahassee, Florida - Florida's economy is improving and that translates into more tax collections for government.
Economists predict Florida will have a budget surplus of more than $800 million next year and already the battle lines are being drawn on how to spend that extra cash.
Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for a $500 million tax cut.
He's touring the state on a so-called "It's Your Money" listening tour. Scott says he wants to hear what kind of tax breaks people want the most.
Florida Democrats are urging the governor to slow down on his tax cut listening tour that comes in advance of his re-election campaign.
Instead, they want the state to use those extra dollars for education.
Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, a public school teacher from Central Florida, says Florida should reinvest the money in its schools.
"I implore the governor to reinvest those dollars back into education. An educated workforce and top-notch schools are the keys to enticing businesses to our great state. Our children deserve the best possible education that we can provide them. This means elementary schools with art, music and PE teachers. It means middle schools with modern technology and science labs. It means high schools with a rich array of course offerings."
Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry is criticizing Rep. Castor Dentel's comments, saying Gov. Scott can deliver tax cuts and more money to education next year.
"Governor Rick Scott has proven that effective governing means providing tax cuts that help our middle class AND delivering record state-based funding for K-12 schools, as well as pay raises for our teachers."
State lawmakers will sort out the next state budget during their legislative session starting in March.