Population, property values and inflation combine
"We've cut taxes 50 times and look what has happened to our revenues. They've grown."
Florida's tax burden is indeed low
"The average person only pays about $1,800 in state taxes — which is the lowest of all 50 states."
Filing separately is a new trend, but yes
"Candidates for governor routinely disclose" their spouses’ tax returns.
Let us school you on tuition increases
"Charlie Crist allowed college tuition to increase up to 15 percent every year."
Only counts private-sector job gains
"Since December 2010 Florida has created 540,000 new jobs."
No. 1 in access, but 35th in per pupil spending, says a report
"Florida ranks first in the nation for access to free prekindergarten."
One big storm could change that
"Over the past 35 years, Florida families have paid into the (National Flood Insurance Program) over $16 billion, four times more than the amount they have received in claim reimbursements."
The exemptions wipe out taxes for small businesses
"We cut business taxes so today 70 percent of our businesses don't pay a business tax."
Had been declining for years
"This budget also reflects the smallest state government workforce per 1,000 residents in Florida in this century."
Yes, but 21,000 will remain on waiting list
"For the first time in eight years, our budget also increases funding for persons with disabilities by $36 million to help more disabled people receive community-based services."
It's (mostly) in a study
Says a recent study shows Florida students are second in the world in fourth grade reading, behind Singapore.
A swing and mostly not a miss
Florida has "1,200 golf courses. I think 58 million rounds played a year in Florida. We’ve got 44 percent of all travel golf in the country here. 5 million people come here just for golf."
A trend years in the making
"About 230,000 people that were on unemployment when I took office are not on unemployment now."
Depends on the individual, though
"In some communities, for $10,000 worth of (PIP) coverage it’s $1,500 a year."
A wrath for rulemaking
"We are poised to get rid of over 1,000 more regulations in 2012."
Are low taxes everything?
Says the state tax burden per citizen in New York is twice as high as in Florida.
No. 3, but we're a large state
"In the past year, Floridians, not government, created almost 135,000 new private sector jobs. We netted more than 120,000 total jobs in the first 11 months of 2011; the third most of any state in the nation."
Pay for speed -- or not
Says adding toll lanes on I-95 in Broward County improved rush-hour traffic for non-toll lanes from 25 mph to 45 mph.
Tens of millions of BP dollars=more visitors
Says the Panhandle has had its highest-ever bed tax collections in 2011.
But who should get credit?
"Since I took office, we’ve created 76,800 jobs."
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