Scott upbeat after shuttle launchby 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.”