The wholesale building boom can be traced in state statistics.
Real estate tax collections, a strong barometer of growth, soared 17 percent last year in Florida to $2.1 billion.
That was the highest level in the state since 2006 when these documentary stamp taxes paid on real estate transactions began toppling from a pre-recession high of $4 billion in 2005, a towering mark propelled upward by two straight years of hurricane rebuilding.
The most building permits in a decade also were issued last year in Florida after five years of growth.
The rising tax receipts not only are proof of a rebounding economy, but also helped fuel a state budget that hit $82 billion this year for the first time. That allowed Scott to make good on his re-election promise to give back $1 billion in tax breaks.
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