Scott-O-Meter

Will oppose and veto any tax increases


"I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Florida that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."


Sources:

Governor Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Americans for Tax Reform

Subjects: Taxes

Updates:

No tax increases seriously considered in 2011

Updated: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | By Aaron Sharockman

Rick Scott pledged to oppose and veto any effort to raise taxes to balance the state budget during his campaign for governor.

No tax increase was seriously considered by the Legislature in 2011 for Scott to oppose or veto.

In 2012, we'll be keeping an eye on a plan being pushed by some legislators to start collecting sales taxes on online purchases. Proponents of the measure say online retailers like Amazon have been given an unfair advantage over local Florida business.

Scott has said he's willing to support the proposal but only if the online sales tax is offset by an equal amount of tax cuts.

The tax trade -- if it were to pass -- would come with additional questions for the Scott-O-Meter to consider. Could the state really create a dollar-for-dollar match to avoid a tax increase? And would the new system result in a tax increase for some Floridians while decreasing taxes for others?

But that's for another time. For now we rate this promise In the Works.

Sources:

Orlando Sentinel, online sales tax editorial, Dec. 27, 2011

E-mail interview with Scott spokeswoman Amy Graham, Dec. 28, 2011

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