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Scott upbeat after shuttle launch

by Dara Kam | May 16th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott remained upbeat on FoxNews this morning despite the final launch of the Endeavor shuttle, taking with it 7,500 jobs in the Space Coast.

Scott said the imminent shrinking of the Kennedy Space Center presents an opening for his “seven steps to 700,000 jobs” plan.

“We’ve got a great opportunity because of all the talent in that part of the state. There’s a lot of defense manufacturers that we’re talking to. There’s companies all over the world that are talking about coming to Florida, in particular the Space Coast because of the talent of all the employees,” he said.

The state’s cheerleader-in-chief took ownership of the nearly $70 billion budget lawmakers finalized last weekend and kept on message despite repeatedly dour reminders of the state’s high unemployment rate and foreclosures among the highest in the nation.

“I just finished the session where we reduced our taxes, our business taxes, our property taxes, the size of government.
We’re making this the place where people want to do business. And we’re going to get that part of the state back to work,” Scott said from Orlando. We’re coming back. Our tourism business is up. Our ag business is doing very well. We’ve got the shipping coming from the extension of the Panama Canal…Our state is getting back to work. And my plan – seven steps to 700,000 jobs – is getting implemented through our budget, through our session, so we’re headed in the right direction.”

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7 Responses to “Scott upbeat after shuttle launch”

  1. PFM Says:

    I hope the new jobs Scott plan on getting for Florida are jobs that Flordians out of work, at this time, fill. If he brings in companies that don’t hire Flordians but bring people from outside for the jobs, our unemployment rate will not improve. He said he would bring in companies that will lower our state unemployment rate.

    What I would like out govenment do is ONLY give tax breaks for corportions that hire in state people!!

  2. dark gator Says:

    The job of Governor is just too small-time for a man of Scott’s abilities. Florida’s problems simply do not rise to his level of competence. Scott requires a bigger platform. Scott for President!

  3. JobKillerScott Says:

    Why would Scott be happy, thousand of Gov. Employees just lost there jobs with the shuttle launch! Oh wait, some of those were private contractors… OOPS! Oh Well! Too bad, soo sad!

  4. Thomas Says:

    The clueless are always upbeat. Have you ever seen a worried person who has limited inteligence? Rick Scott is sticking with his seven year plan, which is foolproof. When he is not elected in 3.5 years, it’ll be the reason for the failed results.

  5. Robert John Newman Says:

    5,000 (employees lost in FL budget) + 7,500 at Kennedy = 12,500. Has he created any, yet?

  6. Voter Says:

    I’m giving Scott a chance.

  7. limpwrist Says:

    Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. Meet 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. bit.ly/edERUe

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