Governor Scott addresses Ave Maria grads
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AVE MARIA, Fla. - Florida Governor Rick Scott traveled to Southwest Florida to serve as the commencement speaker for graduates at Ave Maria University Saturday morning. The Governor just wrapped up what he called a successful session of the Florida Legislature.
While Governor Scott stood at the podium amid the crowd of cap and gowned graduating students he shared some advice with those about to leave the shelter of academic life and enter the real world work force, enjoy the journey, "In my life, I have been surprised by my successes as well as my failures and I've absolutely learned from both.
One tough lesson for the Governor came when the Legislature failed to provide Medicare coverage for the uninsured in Florida. Lawmakers left $51-billion in federal tax dollars on the table which could have gone to help Floridians.
While the Affordable Healthcare Act was not something Governor Scott supported, Scott says it is the law of the land and he wanted to use that money, "I can't in good conscious deny people access to care when we are already paying the taxes. We don't have a choice on the taxes. We have a choice on whether to cover more people."
Despite that setback Governor Scott is pleased that his top two priorities passed, K thru 12 teachers will get a $2,500 pay raise and there will be a tax cut for manufacturers which he hopes paves the way to create more jobs in the state. That's good news for these graduates.
One last tidbit the Governor shared with these graduates, relationships matter, "Make everyone around you feel special be respectful of everyone, love with all your heart. You will live longer, you will have more friends. You will be happier, you will be way more successful in your career and you will enjoy your life much more."