Fla. Gov. will use speech to stress tax cuts

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott
Posted at 6:19 AM, Mar 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 09:06:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott will kick off the 2014 legislative session by asking legislators to approve his tax cut package and by asking to keep tuition rates low.

Scott's State of the State speech Tuesday will be one of the highlights of the opening day of the 60-day session.

Scott will use his speech to press for more than $500 million in tax and fee cuts he's seeking this year.

The governor also wants to keep college tuition rates flat. Scott will ask legislators to repeal laws that allow universities to raise tuition above rates set by legislators.

Florida lawmakers are expected to cover everything from guns to gambling this year. But many contentious issues may get pushed off another year to avoid controversies that could harm Scott's bid for re-election.