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Scott turns into Mr. Sunshine

by John Kennedy | February 28th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott will lead a two-day tour of  ‘Sunshine Ambassadors,’ barnstorming across five cities in two days this week to prod tourists toward visiting Florida.

Scott, a relatively recent transplant to Florida, himself, regularly punctuates his speeches with praise for the state’s weather. But beginning in Orlando on Tuesday, Scott will lead an entourage of Visit Florida officials touting Florida’s vacation potential during planned stops in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

“We know that every 85 visitors create one Florida job, so I urge all Floridians to join with me in supporting this effort to increase jobs and grow the state’s economy,” Scott said Monday.

During the two-day tour, the Floridians will be giving away prizes and vacation packages to the state during promotional events. The trip’s last stop will be at Chicago’s Midway Airport, where Scott will board a charter flight with 120 prize winners en route to a four-day stay in Orlando.

Scott may seem an unlikely sunshine ambassador these days in his home state.

 His $65.9 billion budget proposal cuts $4.6 billion in state spending and 8,681 jobs. Scott’s rejection of $2.4 billion in federal money for high-speed rail also prompted Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston to claim that instead of being on path to create 700,000 new jobs, the new Republican governor was imposing more damage on Florida’s economy in his first weeks in office.

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11 Responses to “Scott turns into Mr. Sunshine”

  1. PFM Says:

    Mr. Scott decision not to take the money is for one reason only. It is from a Obama and if he accepted it and the job maket got better it would hurt Republicans in 2012. That’s not permiited to happen in a Republican (DREAM) world.

  2. Nuuf said Says:

    The slam at the end is mindlessly gratuitous. You seem to be saying that Scott cannot be an Ambassador for tourism because he is trying to get the State’s financial house in order. That is simplistic idiocy. All this article does is provide a public forum for the writer to critizise Scott’s policies with which he disagrees.

  3. ghinhee Says:

    Mr Scott does not want the money for Mass Transit, not that it comes from the President.

  4. JesUp Says:

    Maybe he can drop off the 3 billion dollars to the Senators Kerry and Brown and all the other Senators asking the dept of transportation to fast track the money Gov Scott has turned down that would have employed Floridians, so now it can go to other states. I’m sure they would love to visit Florida once Gov Scott gives them billion dollar checks.

  5. Coffee Drinking Republican Says:

    How much is the tour and prize giveaway going to cost the Florida tax payers? A charter flight with a 120 vacation prize winners?! Huh?! Is Scott also going to promote our State as a great place to come stock up on opiates.

  6. rob dee Says:

    Well done gov Scott. everyone knows that no one would ride that stupid train. the problem is that most people don’t understand that what creates gov jobs today, creates unemployment when the bills come due

  7. acasualobserver Says:

    The Republicans, conservatives, and Tea Baggers are in a rush to do as much damage as they can in the time they have left. The recession is ending, homes are being bought and sold, and hiring is beginning. When the economic conditions get better, the subject groups will have nothing to complain about and can’t blame the Democrats for everything they consider wrong. People will stop listening to them.

  8. cincerly Says:

    I don’t know about you but I like to share my thoughts with governor Scott. However, my latest one (about collective bargaining and SAT scores : “”Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows: South Carolina -50th/ North Carolina -49th/ Georgia -48th/ Texas -47th/ Virginia -44th. If you are wondering, Wisconsin is currently ranked #2.”) has been returned – twice.

  9. Wish I Was There Says:

    Floridians should be happy with the job Gov. Scott is doing. The high speed rail is just another quick fix for a struggling economy. Jobs today, but what about tomorrow? Then what happens when the bill is due? If you want high and going higher taxes, 0 economic growth, and a shrinking population, I invite you to come to my home state, Connecticut. Where are elected public officials stand proud at union rallies, supporting 6 figure pensions and free healthcare. Can’t wait to get out of here and head south.

  10. are you kidding Says:

    Whoa whoa guys. Good? Haha humor me here. Think about it. Shutting out the hi speed rail did us no good. Not only that but we just simply gave it to another state just like that! I’m certain they think it’s a wonderful idea. Just think. Hundreds of new jobs made over night to build it,contract it, design it just like that. New improvements in tourism by attracting thousands of people to stay in one part of the state and quickly, mind you, commute to another effeciently and un-costly. The convience for current Floridians to enjoy their state. Personally, being almost graduated from high school, I could live in tampa and attend a collage

  11. Sacrednprofound Says:

    85 visitors create a job? If that is true then it is a low wage job where someone cannot take care of a family. We need to stop depending on tourism and invest in education and high tech industries.

    Plus, I liked Visit Florida better when they were independent of the government.

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