Governor Rick Scott proposes his budget

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott unveiled his proposed $74 billion dollar budget Wednesday. It includes more money going towards tax relief. This proposal is called the "It's Your Money Tax Budget."

It includes ongoing tax cuts of more than $560 million dollars a year.

Inside of the Mellow Mushroom, bartender Jerry Hiers says he works hard for his money. He enjoys serving up drinks and collecting tips. When it comes to paying taxes, Hiers is serious about where his cash goes.

"All you really can hope for is they're spending it wisely," said Hiers.

Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott unveiled his 2014-2015 proposed budget. Like many people on the First Coast, Hiers welcomes some of the plans, including A 10 day sales tax holiday for back to school, and 15 day hurricane preparedness tax break. The Governor also aims to cut the state's business tax, and reduce motor vehicle license fees. Annual license registration fees would go back to pre-2009 levels resulting in an average annual savings of about $25 per car. That's roughly $400 million overall for Florida families.

While some would argue every penny counts, Hiers says he's not impressed.

"That's not a whole lot of money in the grand scheme of things per person," said Hiers, whose concern is education.

"Schools are obviously important," said Hiers. "Overcrowding and not enough money for supplies. Teachers are having to buy their own supplies for kids. It seems like that's something we can figure out."

The Republican Governor seeking reelection proposes an increase of about $542 million in funding for K-12 public schools, bringing the total overall to more than $18 billion dollars.

"It's awesome to live in a state that doesn't have a state income tax," said Hiers. "I think they should just be more efficient with the money that they do have."

Click here to view the "It's Your Money Tax Budget"


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