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Rick Scott to launch jobs creation and “tax cut victory” tour

Gov. Rick Scott kicks off his “Million Billion Jobs” victory tour Monday. The self-proclaimed jobs governor is visiting five cities celebrating creating more than 1 million jobs in five years and $1 billion in tax cuts for Florida families over the past two years.

“The debate in Florida is now about how we can create more jobs and how we can cut more taxes, which is a win-win,” Scott said. “I will always want more jobs and more tax cuts, but any progress on these is important to the future of our state. I look forward to celebrating these important milestones in our economic growth with families across the state on our ‘Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour’ Monday.”

Scott is visiting Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Miami Monday. He’ll announce January jobs numbers at his stop in Orlando.

Scott’s staff will announce exact times and locations Sunday morning.

During campaigning for re-election, Scott declared himself Florida’s jobs governor. He set a goal to create 1 million jobs in five years and cut $1 billion in taxes. Scott has accomplished the tax cuts by utilizing budget surpluses.

The tax cuts include $433 million in telephone and cable-access taxes, $428 million in property tax, $96 million from back-to-school tax holiday savings, $73 million on machinery and equipment taxes, $41.5 million on college textbooks, and $164.5 million on various other tax cuts.

Scott will tour the five major Florida cities touting his two goals as “promises kept.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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