Scott proposes — but will Legislature go along or dispose of spending plan, tax breaks?

Gov. Rick Scott getting fitted with a microphone before speaking to the Manufacturers Association of Florida recently in West Palm Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott getting fitted with a microphone before speaking to the Manufacturers Association of Florida recently in West Palm Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his $79.3 billion budget proposal this week — but soon it will be the Legislature’s turn to crack into it.

A host of legislative panels are slated next week to review Scott’s spending plan, topped by the full House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and its Senate counterpart the next day. Scott budget director Cynthia Kelly is the likely presenter on behalf of the governor’s office.

Panels covering education, transportation and economic development, health and human services and other areas also get to dissect Scott’s plan over the course of the week.

Scott’s $1 billion tax-cut package, which is directed chiefly at slashing business taxes, is scheduled to be reviewed Tuesday by the House Finance and Tax Committee.

The House actually proposed an even bigger tax-reduction plan than the almost $700 million pitched by the governor last year, only to have both efforts scaled back by the Senate to the final $429 million mark.

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