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Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his second State of the State address later today, but the following are his remarks as prepared for delivery. The governor may deviate from his planned remarks.
Despite the attention paid to Gov. Rick Scott's ideas about reshaping Florida's higher education system, it looks like a major overhaul of colleges and universities will wait until the 2013 session. Legislators aren't ruling out the possibility of addressing at least some of Scott's ideas this year, but leaders such as House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and even Scott himself seem to be downplaying any expectations of a major shift.
Lawmakers in the Senate said Tuesday they are reluctant to fully embrace changes to higher education like those pushed in Texas and now being championed by Gov. Rick Scott. While several said they are willing to look at the Texas plan, others urged caution saying it needed study. Sen. Steve Oelrich, (R-Cross Creek) and chair of the Senate higher education committee said he will meet with Scott on Wednesday to discuss these reforms.

Dear Mr. President:

The other day someone was talking on one of the many shows where people do nothing but, well, talk—and the discussion centered around what you needed to do to regain the support and confidence of your black voters, because without them you would not be re-elected in 2012. Okay, they may be on to something because last poll I saw your popularity is hovering around 39%.
Controversial changes that have rocked Texas' higher education system may be coming to Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has begun promoting the same changes to the higher education system that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has championed. The proposals include some of the same reforms pushed by conservatives in K-12 schools: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a much greater emphasis on measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.
The GOP-controlled Legislature approved a measure that drastically limits how many classes have to meet the state's class size requirements, thus effectively ignoring the will of Florida voters to limit class sizes.
Florida's growing budget deficit, now estimated to be $3.6 billion, looks certain to squash Gov. Rick Scott's signature campaign pledge, to roll back property levies and eliminate the state's corporate income tax, leading senators said on Wednesday.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee is beginning to look at research compiled by its staff that poses a variety of options the Legislature could consider if it wants to expand gaming, including opening the door for huge hotel and casino chains like Las Vegas Sands or Wynn Resorts to enter the Florida market.
The first of three immigration meetings set for Monday will be the Senate's first look at a debate over a comprehensive Arizona-style measure, a topic that Gov. Rick Scott made one of the biggest social issues of his campaign for governor.