Governor Rick Scott
Thank you for visiting Eustis yesterday. It was a historic day. Thank you for following through with campaign promises. When taxes are reduced; jobs increase. If citizens put the federal government back in its Constitutional box [one tentacle at a time]; states, counties and communities will have money to solve local problems. States can experiment with health care, education and other matters to discover solutions that meet local needs.
I’m pleased the event was held at First Baptist Church of Eustis. John Adams said America’s founders were the BLACK ROBED REGIMENT. http://www.truthinhistory.org/the-black-robed-regiment.html The American Revolution started in the pulpits over 15 years before the Declaration. Black and Caucasian preachers wearing black robes taught individual responsibility and personal salvation from the pulpit. Over half the signers of the Declaration were educated as pastors. The British and Church of England hated the BLACK ROBED REGIMENT.
Today, church pastors and members are waking up in Florida and around the country. They are standing up for America’s conservative Christian heritage, values and personal responsibility. They are resisting nanny state and wealth redistribution agendas. Resist the GREEN DRAGON too!
Thank you and the Florida legislators who attended this historic event at First Baptist Church, Eustis, Florida.
Pace Allen, Jr.
Founder – Tallahassee Tea Party & www.taxteaparty.com in 2007
Florida Attorney & C.P.A since 1983, ..850...556..0709
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Gov. Scott to release Fla. budget
First look at governor's proposed cuts to come Monday at rally
By Bill Cotterell • Florida Capital Bureau • Published: February 06. 2011 2:00AM
Every time he took over a company in his corporate career, Gov. Rick Scott likes to say, the first thing he did was "take control of the checkbook."
That's what the governor is doing Monday as he releases his first state budget at a luncheon and lakeside tea party rally in politically friendly Central Florida. Scott won his first public office last year by promising to make Florida the nation's top job producer — by cutting taxes, reducing government employment 5 percent, axing government regulations and squeezing maximum efficiency out of minimum revenue.
Barely a month into his term, Scott is scheduled tosubmit his Fiscal 2011-12 budget plans to conservative Republican legislative leaders.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, support Scott's promise to meet a $4-billion-plus revenue shortage by cutting government — rather than raising taxes — but they are less convinced of Scott's belief that he can piggyback tax cuts on top of the spending cuts.
"We're going to be very deliberative in looking through his budget recommendations," Haridopolos
said. "We're going to make the cuts first, then we'll take a look at his tax cuts."
Scott has said he'll cut the budget $5 billion. This year's version of the state spending plan is at $70.4
Throughout last week, Scott rolled out parts of his plan:
-$1 billion in savings from reorganization and consolidation of state agencies
-$2.8 billion in savings over two years by requiring public workers pay 5 percent of salaries into
-$810 million cut from the corporate income tax from 5.5 percent to 3 percent
-$1 billion cut in property taxes
The details of how Scott will make up for the tax cuts and deal with the projected shortfall remain unclear. Scott says he'll keep funding for schools the same with cuts elsewhere. He's said he'll achieve savings by eliminating some programs while consolidating functions.
Scott calls it accountability budgeting — going through each agency budget line-by-line, with a skeptic's eye toward eliminating, merging or streamlining functions. That's what he did in building the nation's largest hospital chain, Scott
says, and he has recruited several corporate executives as department heads, dislodging government careerists.
Scott's major themes seem tailored for his tea party audience.
"I hope to hear a budget that supports limited government, individual responsibility and free markets," said Patricia Sullivan, a founder of the North Lake Tea Party, who organized the budget rollout. "He has tea party principles that have stirred the majority to be silent no more."
Tea party support was vital to Scott at the polls last year. In the general election, Scott rolled up impressive margins in the Lake-Sumter-Marion County area he's visiting to announce his budget. Governors have always made their budget announcements in the Capitol, but Scott said he wasn't shopping for a friendly audience — noting that he has traversed the state constantly since winning the Nov. 2 election, meeting with corporate honchos and common folk alike.
"The real key is, we're going to get our state back to work," Scott said. "That's what we're looking at every day. I'm very comfortable that ... on Monday, we'll put out a plan and everyone will understand how we're going to reduce the deficit and how we're going to justify these tax reductions." He added that "I'm very comfortable that the Legislature will support me in this."
Billie Tucker, a motivational speaker in Jacksonville and co-founder of the 10,000-member First Coast Tea Party, said Scott's office "reached out to us" for help in announcing the budget. She said Eustis, a conservative small town that's close enough to major TV markets, seemed like the perfect locale.
"They really left it up to us," said Tucker. "We just wanted to give small-town America a chance to be heard."
Tom Tillison, who helped found the Central Florida Tea Party Council in Orlando, said more than 50 independent conservative groups will be represented at the luncheon and rally at Ferran Park. But he said the voters are for the ideas, not necessarily the man or his party, and that they will oppose any Scott budget proposals they think can be slashed even more.
"I think it's important to point out that the Central Florida Tea Party being there doesn't, by itself, mean we support the budget blindly," said Tillison. "I think the fact that he wants to do this in the presence of tea party members indicates that he believes we'll like what he's presenting. We're looking at total spending of the state, more efficient government and pension plans, and I think the indications are that he's doing what he told us he would do."
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