Scott to leaders: No biz tax breaks would be “big mistake”by John Kennedy | April 11th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott continued to talk tough on tax breaks Monday, saying lawmakers would be making a “mistake,” if they failed to endorse almost $2 billion in givebacks to corporations and property-owners even as they enact deep cuts to schools, health and social programs.
Neither the House nor Senate has included Scott’s plan to phase-out the corporate income tax and roll-back school property taxes — the centerpiece of his tax-cutting proposal.
Scott, whose administration will mark 100 days in office Thursday, hasn’t drawn the kind of love fellow Republican legislative leaders usually bestow during a political honeymoon.
But maybe Scott’s underwater poll numbers have something to do with it. After all, 48 percent of Floridians disapprove of the governor, compared with 35 percent who approve, according to a recent Quinnipiac University survey.
That wouldn’t seem to give Scott much political juice for getting his way in the Legislature’s homestretch.
Still, the governor did try to do his own bit of low-key huffing and puffing Monday.
”I talk to people all the time, a reduction of the business tax will have a dramatic impact,” Scott said, after touring the state’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. “I hope the House and Senate understand that’s a significant factor in how (companies) make a decision whether to move here.”
Scott’s bottom line to legislative leaders:
”I hope they do the right thing. I hope they understand that we’re competing for jobs….I hope everybody understands the importance of it,” Scott said. “And it’ll be a big mistake if they don’t do it.”