Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will hit the 2018 campaign trail today in Jacksonville.

Republican Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, but he hasn’t opened a campaign. Instead, Scott will appear at a printing business this afternoon to highlight his call for a 2018 statewide referendum to make it tougher for the Florida Legislature to raise taxes.

Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran — who’s contemplating a 2018 run for governor — on Monday announced their support for a state constitutional amendment to require that any tax hike or fee increase approved by the legislature be passed by a supermajority, rather than a simple majority, of the House and Senate. Scott hasn’t yet specified what a “supermajority” would be — three-fifths, two-thirds or some other threshold — or exactly how a tax increase would be defined.

If the Republican-controlled Legislature or the state’s Constitution Revision Commission (which is weighted with Scott and Corcoran appointees) put the tax-limiting measure on the November 2018 ballot, it would require approval from 60 percent of voters to be added to the constitution. It could also appear on the same ballot as Scott and Corcoran if they run for Senate and governor, respectively, and win the GOP nominations for those offices.

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