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Florida Matters: 2017 State of the State

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that he was never told by Homeland Security officials in 2016 when he was Florida's governor that Russian hackers had gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the presidential election.
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Gov. Rick Scott addressing a crowd after the end of the 2012 legislature.

Governor Rick Scott kicked off Florida's 2017 legislative session with his annual State of the State Address. This week on Florida Matters we're re-broadcasting portions of the governor's speech, which aired live on WUSF 89.7.

Some highlights include Governor Scott's defense of the state's economic development and tourism arms -- Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida -- and his call for more tax cuts.

We also hear a Democratic response to the address from Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon of Miami.

What did you think of Governor Scott's address? Share your thoughts in the comments section, on Twitter or on our Facebook page.

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