Florida Five: Gloves come off in Governor’s race, Sneak peak at 2014 agenda

Below is Thursday’s edition of the Florida Five – BPR’s picks for the top political stories from around the state:

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Gloves off in Governor’s race: Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrats Charlie Crist and Nan Rich came out swinging on Wednesday at the first event where all three gubernatorial candidates appeared in advance of the November election. Scott used the release of his election-year budget proposal to take aim at his predecessor without calling out Crist by name, accusing his opponent of “raiding” state reserves while hiking taxes during Crist’s four years as Republican governor. Read more.

Florida Gov. Scott unveils tax-cutting budget: ‘More revenue does not mean we should grow government’:  More than $500 million in tax reductions were unveiled by Gov. Rick Scott in his “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” for fiscal year 2014-2015. Scott’s $74.2 billion budget seeks to reduce taxes, state debt and government waste, according to a statement released by the governor’s office. Read more.

Legislative leaders offer sneak peek at 2014 agenda: The leaders of the Florida Legislature offered a glimpse at the upcoming legislative session as Republicans and Democrats ready their proposals and bills.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, spoke to the media in Tallahassee Wednesday morning and insisted the two chambers will work together to pass their economic and education agendas. Read more.

Putnam travels to Panama to promote Florida agriculture: While Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and lawmakers addressed reporters during the annual AP Legislative Planning Session on Wednesday, adamputnam1118state Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam was wrapping up a four-day trip to Panama. Read more.

Mack IV out of race for Radel’s seat: Former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV has announced he won’t be among the crowd of Republicans lining up to run for Trey Radel’s U.S. House seat.Mack didn’t give a reason in the email to friends announcing his decision, but the competition in the Republican primary for the seat—regarded as a safe GOP district—is looking likely to be tough. Former state Rep. Paige Kreegel has announced he’s running, and state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto appears likely to. Read more. 

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