TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling lawmakers in his first State of the State speech that the state can be a national example for creating jobs by streamlining government and cutting taxes.
Scott acknowledged critics who say his spending cuts go too far, but said in his speech Tuesday that they're wrong. Lawmakers are preparing to begin their 50-day session.
He outlined his plan to make Florida more business friendly. That includes cutting the corporate income tax, protecting businesses from frivolous lawsuits and getting rid of excessive regulations and cutting government spending.
Scott said in prepared remarks: "The world is watching, and God is watching over us. Our success will be the model for the nation."