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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.”

15 Responses to “Scott to leaders: No biz tax breaks would be “big mistake””

  1. dark gator Says:

    Ok Scott is back in the news. Thank goodness. We thought he might have died or something.

  2. Ms Vicky Says:

    The legislators are seeing the light and feeling the heat. They know that if they DARE to further cut taxes for the wealthiest corporations while they savage middle class working Floridians, they will ALL be booted out in 2012. (They should be anyway.)And companies won’t move here with their families because they hear that Scott is destroying an already weak education system, throwing the elderly, disabled and children under the bus; he’s penalizing fire fighters, police and healthcare workers, all the systems that ensure public health and safety. The guy REALLY doesn’t get it. All the money he got through fraud has insulated him from REALITY. The “Big Mistake” was Rick Scott!

  3. Educator Says:

    The REALLY Big Mistake is the Fascist Scott, only Hitler is smiling up at him.
    Have you read the latest polls?

  4. HM Says:

    The Dred Pirate Scott!

  5. Former Republican Says:

    Rick Scott: The best thing to happen to the Democratic Party in a looooooong time. Fu(k the middle class? Good luck with that Repubs…….

  6. Frank Says:

    So, this is what government looks like when ruled by the GOP and their Tea-Puppets. Let’s add it up: Slash funding for the developmentally disabled, schoolchildren and nursing home inspections, and then give massive no-strings-attached tax breaks to big business. It is dishonorable.

  7. mike Says:

    And to add insult to injury the Fl senate asked today to have their gift-receiving rule recinded. So these freeloaders who treat and label moms with kids and no food wanting some help like low-life, drug addicted losers think its ok for them to get handouts. Talk about “entitlements”. We need to recall all of these pompous, arrogant, hypocritical, self-serving a$$e$ now.

  8. limpwrist Says:

    Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. The man to get Florida back on track is Joe Ardolina of American Truck Sales. He’s a former vice president in the now defunct H&W Refuse Service whose president was Anthony Carione, fingered by law enforcement along with his brother Frank Carione, as then active figures in the underworld. Another brother, Joseph Carione, plead guilty to defrauding the government as a co-defendant in a case that involved Colombo crime boss Andrew Russo.

  9. SickNTired Says:


  10. Toomuch Goverment Says:

    GO SCOTT GO! At least someone knows what got them elected. Forget the media and their progressive agenda. They don’t even remember Democrat JFK cut taxes because he knew that would boost the economy.
    Clearly, the democrats forgot about the voters, and spend all their time trying to buy them back. Remeber 10, and do it again in 12. NO DEMORATS ANYWHERE FOR ANYTHING. Maybe tthey will get the message when they are out of work and learn what is going on in the world.

  11. Arthur Says:

    It always amazes me that those who are most “anti-government” end up stealing tons of money from that same government they so despise.

  12. wayne b Says:

    The fla. legislature an governor are completely out of control, however returning democrats to power shouldn’t be an option. wake up the republicans steal from your right pocket the dem’s from ur left pocket. we need a fundamental change in our entire political system.

  13. Ms Vicky Says:

    Returning the Democrats to power??? The Democrats haven’t controlled Florida for more than 2 decades! THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THE QUALITY OF LIFE HERE! We have a bunch of corporate socialists a/k/a thieves, who have forgotten the people and ONLY think about the corporations and lower taxes for themselves.These are the thugs that rob the workers and give to the corporations. They are anti-American. Check out which states have lower crime and higher quality of life, better schools and health care. In 2012, Floridians will throw all these bums out for once and for all.

  14. Searcher Says:

    So, we just need to take some more money from the DISABLED, the OLD, the POOR and the UNIONS and give it to businesses for TAX BREAKS. That’s only fair in Rick Scott’s world, isn’t it?

  15. fltxag Says:

    I’m in business for myself in St. Pete. This joker doesn’t have a clue. Businesses move here? Does he realize how infrequently business move operations or expand production domestically? Especially in an economic climate such as we’re in. He already threw away thousands of good paying jobs with the elimination of high speed rail. Now he wants to lay off state workers. Take the bastard down!

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