State of the State

Chanting protestors lined the rotunda between the House and Senate chambers, demanding a repeal of the Stand Your Ground law. Rick Scott arrived to tepid applause in a House chamber to give his third State of the State.

"This update can be summed up in two words: It's working," said Governor Scott.

He renewed his call for an across the board 2,500 dollar raise for teachers.

"Teachers change lives," said Scott.

Scott also asked for a tax break on the sale of manufacturing equipment.

"Florida is one of only few states with this tax. And we lag behind the nation in per capita manufacturing jobs," said Scott.

And he tried to explain why he changed course and wants to expand health care for the poor. "I cannot in good conscience deny the uninsured access to care."

Hillsborough middle school teacher, Elizabeth Heli, was recognized. Afterwards, she said the raise, if it happens, will be appreciated.

"Definitely welcomed. I can make sure that my bills are getting paid, and I will be able to put a down payment on a new car or something like that," said Heli.

But Tea Party activists say they have lost faith in the Governor.

"We're going to have millions of people going on Medicaid. We don't have the funding to do that," said Clyde Thodey with the Republican Liberty Council.

Well there was a lot of reaction from lawmakers. The real reaction won't be known for sixty days. That's when all the plans will be finalized and we'll know what part of governor's agenda is in place and what part has been ignored.

Lawmakers would prefer merit raises for teachers over an across the board raise, and they differ with the governor on expanding Medicaid, which leaves plenty for negotiation during the next sixty days.


8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647 FCC Form 398
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 195382511 - wjhg.com/a?a=195382511