BRADENTON, Fla. — As the 60-day clock on Florida’s annual legislative session began running Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott said his focus the past two years on reduced spending, paying down debt and creating jobs has worked.

“This is responsible stewardship of taxpayer money,” Scott told a joint session of lawmakers. “Washington, D.C., could learn a few budget lessons from Florida. The contrast between our state and the nation’s capital is remarkable.”

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