Rick Scott May Get Boost For Tax Cuts, Spending Plans

Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott could be getting a boost for his plans to cut taxes while also spending more on schools.

State economists are meeting Monday to predict how much the state is expected to collect in taxes.

Preliminary forecasts show that the state’s main budget account could grow 5 percent during the fiscal year that started in July. The preliminary estimates show 4 percent growth in the fiscal year that starts in July 2015.

That could add hundreds of millions of dollars to a projected budget surplus for next year.

Scott wants to cut taxes and fees by $1 billion over the next two years. But he also wants to raise school spending levels and spend more money on environmental programs.

The final forecasts should be finished later Thursday.