TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Rick Scott says he won't sign a budget without tax cuts. Scott threw down that gauntlet Friday in his weekly radio address.
It sets up a possible showdown between the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled Legislature.
Neither House nor Senate budget bills include the $1.7 billion in corporate income and school property tax cuts Scott has proposed.
House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos are open to cutting taxes but only if lawmakers first can pass a balanced budget without levying new taxes.
To reach that goal both chambers have proposed nearly $4 billion in spending cuts. But they remain far apart on the details of their budget bills.
Scott says the tax cuts are vital to creating jobs by making Florida more business-friendly.