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Gov. Rick Scott spoke at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Amy Green
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Governor Stumps in Central Florida


Gov. Rick Scott is promising a billion-dollar tax cut over the next two years. Scott campaigned for re-election Monday in Winter Park and Kissimmee. In Winter Park the governor was relaxed and surrounded by an energized crowd of supporters that included the incoming state Senate President Andy Gardiner of Central Florida. Talking to reporters afterward, the governor explained his rationale for the billion-dollar tax cut. “As people move to the state, as people have gotten jobs, as home prices have gone up our state revenues are growing. Our sales tax revenue is growing. Around the state our revenues are growing, and so now we’re just making good investments.” Scott also criticized his gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama …
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State’s Tourism Agency Touts Visitor Increase


24 million tourists visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014. According to the state’s tourism promotion agency, Visit Florida, that’s a 3% increase from this time last year. Of the 24 million tourists who visited from April to June  2.8 million came from overseas and just over a million from Canada. Visit Florida says it’s the biggest second quarter visitation ever. In the second quarter of 2013, just over 23 million tourists came to the Sunshine state. Governor Rick Scott has set a goal of 100 million visitors per year to the Florida, and he’s pushed for the state to invest more in promoting Florida as a tourism destination. Last year just under 60 million tourists visited Central Florida.
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Governor Wants More Money for Environment, Remains Vague on Climate Change


WMFE, Orlando – Gov. Rick Scott says he’s making the environment a priority for 2015 as he continues his re-election campaign. But Scott remained vague on climate change Wednesday at a news conference at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The governor wants to put $1 billion toward protecting Florida’s waters. Half would go toward alternative water sources, and the other half toward springs. When asked whether climate change is a problem for Florida, however, Scott had this to say: “I don’t think I’m qualified to make that decision. What I’m qualified to do is solve problems, and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve focused on, tell me the issue and I’ve done my best to solve it, whether it’s the Everglades, whether …
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