This week, Axios looked at how Florida might look as a state if it implemented a lot of its policies as outlined in the Florida plan outlined in its 2015 budget.
In the past, Florida has done a lot to make sure its economy is strong, but in recent years the state has struggled to find the money to make its infrastructure and its education system strong enough to attract businesses to the state.
The Florida plan includes funding for a $50 billion infrastructure program, but the state’s finances have been a little shaky over the past few years and it’s not clear how much money will be available this year.
The state also is planning to make the transition to a public-private partnership model, which would allow the private sector to help fund public works projects.
But that’s not what Florida is currently proposing, which instead includes spending $20 billion on its roads, schools, prisons, parks and water supply systems.
A lot of the changes the state wants to make this year are in the plan’s second section, which includes funding to boost transportation systems, improve infrastructure and expand its school system.
Florida also wants to do away with its corporate tax.
According to Axios, that section of the plan has a lot more in it than just highway funding.
“The plan calls for eliminating Florida’s corporate tax, and the revenue the state could lose if it did so would be enough to pay for its new infrastructure, public-safety, and social programs,” Axios wrote.
The plan also calls for creating a “public-private sector-led transportation innovation center,” which Axios describes as “a new government agency to foster the creation of new transportation technologies and investments that will spur the development of new sources of revenue.”
In other words, if Florida were to completely eliminate its corporate income tax, the state would need to spend $40 billion on new roads and bridges, $100 billion on public works and $50 million on public education.
And the plan also recommends eliminating the state income tax entirely.
It also recommends making the income tax refundable and creating a new property tax credit, which could cost the state $40 million in additional revenue.
And as Axios notes, the plan calls on the state to make a variety of investments in its economy, including the creation and expansion of its health care system.
“Florida is one of only three states that doesn’t have a health insurance exchange, and that’s a good thing,” said Matt Schmitt, the CEO of the advocacy group Sunshine State Project.
“But it also means that the state spends more on infrastructure than other states.”
He also said the state should get more of its tax dollars into education and health care, and he suggested that Florida could start to take some of its money out of its schools and universities and instead invest it in jobs and training.
“We need to make it clear to Florida, and to other states, that this is not a good way to run their economies,” he said.
The Trump administration has pushed back against the idea of privatizing state schools, which is something that Florida would probably like to do.
Axios says it received several responses to its story, and it has not yet received a response from Florida’s Department of Education.