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Rick Scott's Tax Cut Tour Kicks Off in West Palm and Fort Lauderdale This Week

Gov. Rick Scott is taking time out of his voter suppression crusade to launch his "Ain't No One Got Time for Taxes" Tour 2013.

It's actually called the "It's Your Money" Tour, but we think ours is snazzier.

Scott kicks off the tour Tuesday morning right from our own backyard, as he will first appear in West Palm Beach and then Fort Lauderdale later in the day before heading to Central and Northern Florida.

Scott, who says he wants to cut taxes by $500 million for the next fiscal year, will be going around the state telling folks all about it, though no details on how he plans to do this have been released.

Maybe it's a surprise!

"The governor's tour will be a chance for Floridians to discuss taxes and fees they want to see reduced to help Florida families and job creators," a news release from Scott's office says.

The tour is basically, apparently, going to consist of Scott asking Floridians on input on where they'd like to see tax cuts.

Scott recently appeared at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation summit, where he proudly proclaimed that his tax-cut ideas have made everything all better in Florida.

The governor said that Florida will have "the highest general revenue in state history next year," thanks to his cut-taxes-like-it's-meat-in-a-deli agenda.

However, according to PolitiFact, that statement is mostly horseshit, as Scott left out inflation in his calculations, and it's a bit of a reach to say the revenue is all because of him.

No one can fault Scott for talking up the state as a tourism and business mecca. But could he bring about record-setting tax collections through a toolbox of tax cuts and shrinking government, or as he put it, "conservative pro-growth policies?" Even economists on the conservative side are skeptical.

"We think certainly he's doing the right things from an economic standpoint," said Kurt Wenner, vice president of tax research at Florida TaxWatch. "But it's certainly hard to dial a direct relationship between how much revenue comes from that."

Another tax expert says that there are plenty of examples where Scott's tax cuts resulted in revenue losses and that there's skepticism that Scott's tax breaks "drove a big enough economic recovery in revenue changes."

Basically, Rick's stats are bogus, and it's way too simplistic for him to point his thumbs back at himself for the reason we will supposedly have the highest revenue in state history.

But what are stats when Scott can bring his greatest hits of lies and inflated half-truths to the public and bullshit people to their faces?

Scott will be appearing in West Palm Beach at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. at 10 a.m. and then at the 11th floor of Broward College (111 E. Las Olas Blvd.) at 4 p.m.

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