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Gov. Scott Puts Pressure on State Senators on Tax Cuts

Topher Forhecz/WGCU

Gov. Rick Scott was in Fort Myers on Thursday celebrating the opening of the first Wawa gasoline and convenience stores in the area. He also fielded questions about meetings he held Wednesday with state senators over hospital profit margins.

Scott is pushing for tax cuts as the legislature works out a budget.

News outlets such as the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday that Gov. Scott privately called a number of state senators to his office.

At these meetings he supposedly showed state senators a list of hospitals with high profit margins.

State senators told the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Bureau Scott argued taxes should be cut because taxpayer dollars are going to profitable hospitals.

On Thursday, Scott was asked if he thought hospitals were making too much money in Florida.

“I think when we’re spending state dollars with anybody. Whatever the project is, we ought to understand how the dollars are being spent and so that’s what I want to make sure. We know it’s your tax dollars, you ought to know how your tax dollars are being spent,” he said.

News outlets also reported Gov. Scott threatened to veto state senator’s initiatives in order to win his campaign for tax cuts.