In a fascinating article published this morning, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Jeremy Wallace reports on how Sarasota County state legislators are pushing back on some items of Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s agenda, in particular his pledge to reduce property taxes by 19 percent.
From the piece:
Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said in an interview … that Scott’s pledge to overhaul state government reminds her of similar promises made by Gov. Jeb Bush when he took office – promises that would later end up on the cutting room floors in the Legislature.
“We were not elected to carry the water for the governor,” said Detert. “We were elected to carry the water for the people.”
Detert said Scott’s plan for a 19-percent property tax cut – one of the cornerstones of his campaign – seems hard to envision given the state’s current economic problems.
As The Florida Independent’s Marcos Restrepo reported last month, local school officials have warned that a 19 percent cut to property taxes “would be devastating,” because the move would drastically reduce school funding.