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Rick Scott Plans to Keep Fla. Taxes Low and Govt Limited

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By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 10:10 AM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will use his inaugural address on Tuesday to cast Florida as a low-tax, limited government state, contrasting it to northern states.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, he plans to highlight Florida's new status as the third most populous state to illustrate how Americans are relocating for its tax advantages.

"In Florida we are proving that government can do better without getting bigger," Scott's prepared remarks say, according to the Times. "Over the last 20 years, millions of people have escaped from states with climbing high tax rates to move to states with lower taxes."

He will also use the speech to lure residents from other states to relocate, noting that individuals who have left high-tax states have taken an estimated $2 trillion in adjusted gross income.

"I have a message today to the people of New York, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and others: Move to Florida!

"We want you to keep more of the money you make because we understand it's your money. We want your businesses to grow and succeed. We want to compete globally and win. Over the next four years, I will be traveling to your states personally to recruit you here."

The Times noted that Scott does not plan to mention New Jersey, a state that has among the highest taxes in the country. The newspapers said it was possibly a deliberate omission given that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to attend the speech.

Christie helped raise millions of dollars for Scott's re-election campaign as chairman of the Republicans Governors Association.

During his time in office, Scott reduced taxes and the size of the state workforce in Florida, but the size of the state budget increased significantly during his first four years in office, the Times said.

Scott will also mention in his address education and his opposition to future increases in tuition for collegiate undergraduate programs. He is expected to calls for an increase in the number of $10,000 bachelor degrees offered by state colleges, the Times reported.

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