It was a campaign atmosphere in Winter Garden this afternoon as Florida Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Working” Tax Cut Victory Tour rolled through Central Florida, to celebrate the $400 million tax cut package passed by the Florida Legislature last week. The package also included cuts on cell phone and TV taxes; one-year elimination of the sales tax on college textbooks; and provides a 10-day Back to School Tax Holiday.
The Governor led with Orlando’s regionally low unemployment rate before going into the details of the tax cut package. “My parents use to say it all the time. People can spend money better than the Government can. Thanks to your Florida House and Senate you have $400 million dollars in tax cuts coming your way. Take out your cellphone, this is a tax cut. The message to government should be the same every year. ‘Cut our taxes’.”
After the press conference, Scott was asked about the line-item veto power he holds to cut out spending on projects he doesn’t believe are necessary. “I’ve got over 400 line items, I’m going to carefully look at all of them he said.
State Representative Eric Eisnaugle (R-Gotha) who’s District 44 seat consists of Winter Garden, and was one of the featured speakers at the rally had this to say about the Governor’s visit…
“The thing I love about these tax cuts are these are cuts for all Floridians. Every person in the district will benefit from these, we cut taxes on cell phones, we cut taxes on text books for our students, among other tax cuts. These cuts aren’t for just one segment or industry there for everybody.”
This was the fifth stop on the Governor’s seven city tour. His next stop was in Jacksonville, before wrapping up the evening in Pensacola.
Lawmakers from every level of Central Florida Government were present, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, State Representatives Mike LaRosa (R-St. Cloud), Larry Metz, (R-Groveland), Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, and Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewski, who represents the area on the municipal level.
“Governor Scott’s tax cuts for Florida will have an immediate impact on the city of Winter Garden, we’ve had outstanding growth, with these tax cuts we’ve got more money in our pockets to come to Downtown Winter Garden to spend more money in our Restaraunts, Shops, and it makes a great impact on our community.”