Rick Scott has said that he would cut the local school property tax levy by nearly 20 percent, or $1.4 billion. Thats money that generally pays for schools and other items for local government.
And his plan to eliminate the corporate tax would eliminate $1.8 billion that goes into the state treasury to help fund the school voucher program.
3. Early prisoner release?
Scott has proposed cutting $1 billion from the states Department of Corrections.
That means fewer prisons (not a bad thing), fewer prison guards (potentially dangerous) and maybe, fewer prisoners (guess that depends).
4. Fewer state workers
Scott wants to cut the state work force by 5 percent and make state workers pay 6 percent of their pension benefits.Both plans will probably get support from the voters, as state workers, usually represented by public employee unions, are the scourge of the right wing these days.
And Scott could be on the precipice of a growing trend that will undoubtedly rebound down to city and county levels the idea of having workers put some of their own money into their pension benefits. With cities (like Tampa) facing serious challenges in meeting their current obligations to pay for employee pensions, such reform will probably spread across the country.
5, School choice
Scott calls for expanding virtual learning, charter schools and school vouchers, even to religious schools.
6. Deregulation of the insurance system
Scott says he wants to revamp Floridas insurance system by giving insurers more "certainty" limiting their exposure when it comes to writing policies for hurricanes and sinkholes. With that, he predicts more companies will return, creating competition and lower premiums.
7. Rescinding of abortion rights
Scott supports HB 1143, the bill that would have required that a woman have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. Pregnant women could opt out of viewing the image of the fetus by signing a form, but would have to undergo the ultrasound and pay for it.
GOP leaders in the Legislature said they intend to bring back the measure next year, which Governor Crist vetoed during this past legislative session.
Last month, Republican Representative Charles Van Zant claimed that Scott supports his bill that would make abortion illegal in Florida in nearly all instances, including rape and incest. But a spokesman for Scott says that his position hasnt changed: hes opposed to abortion, but does support it for the life of the mother, as well as for victims of rape and incest.