Sarasota, FL -- Gov. Rick Scott used this Labor Day to talk about job creation in the state of Florida during his first term.
He also kicked off a month-long tour bus campaign today, promising even deeper tax cuts.
Four years ago, Gov. Scott rode his way into Florida's governor's mansion on a wave of economic uncertainty. This time he plans to ride a tour bus across the state, telling voters that things are a lot better now, and that they were a lot worse under former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Scott's campaign plastered a huge sign on their tour bus, reading: "Let's Keep Working".
On this, their first day, he made stops in Plant City as well as Sarasota with the State Attorney General Pam Bond coming along for the ride.
"It's fun talking to people," said the governor.
The bus will be Scott's home away from home for the next 14 days as he crisscrosses Florida, promoting what he touts as progress on the job during his first administration.
Scott is also proposing $1 billion in combined tax and fee cuts if reelected.
"As more people move to the state and have jobs, our revenues are increasing," Said Scott.
The state economic turnaround, said Scott, gives them room in the budget to make the cuts.
They include: A constitutional amendment to keep residential property taxes from increasing if property values go down. $200 million in so-called tax-free holidays. Eliminating fees on and taxes on the car purchases, cell phones, business income, manufacturing sales, and commercial leases.
"We've already cut taxes 40 times and we're going to continue to cut taxes," said Scott.
Labor statistics show Scott's initial cuts in education spending, environmental protection, and corporate taxes when he first took office, have not done much to distinguish Florida's employment recovery from the rest of the nation's.
The numbers are almost in lockstep--in fact--regardless of who's been governor for the past 25 years.
When Scott first took office, he blamed the White House for Florida's job woes. But now that things are trending better, he's willing to take a new message to the public.
"The private sector gets the credit," said Scott, "what I did was create an environment."
He'll spread that message at no fewer than 28 campaign stops along the way over the next two weeks.
"I'm not a slick politician, I'm not a smooth talker," said Scott, "what I'm focused on is how do you get these things done?"
From here, Scott's campaign makes its way to Fort Myers and Naples on Tuesday. After that it's on to South Florida, before eventually making its way around the state over the next two weeks.
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