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After years of bashing, Scott sends Obama ‘thank you’ letter on taxes

by John Kennedy | February 28th, 2012

Republican Rick Scott has spent much of the past few years ridiculing President Obama — leading the Conservatives for Patients Rights campaign against the federal health care overhaul and — as governor — refusing millions of dollars in federal grants linked to the effort.

But when the Democratic president proposed cutting the federal corporate income tax rate to 28 percent, he drew rare praise from his Florida antagonist. At the White House last Sunday for a Governors’ Association meeting, Scott gave Obama a letter thanking him for “taking this step in the right direction.”

“Given that the United States currently burdens companies with the second highest tax rate in the world, every tax reduction makes American businesses more competitive,” Scott said.

Scott is pushing legislation that would double the state’s corporate income tax exemption to $50,000, efffectively exempting about three-fourths of the companies that now pay the 5.5 percent levy on earnings. It’ll cost taxpayers about $30 million next year, legislative analysts said.

Lawmakers balked last year on Scott’s initial plan to for a big cut in the tax. But the governor said he remains committed to ending the tax, which formerly pulled almost $2 billion into the state budget.

Here’s Scott’s letter: Tax letter to POTUS

 

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7 Responses to “After years of bashing, Scott sends Obama ‘thank you’ letter on taxes”

  1. Searcher Says:

    Gov. Snott is sucking up to Pres. Obama because he knows he is going to get STOMPED when he runs for governor again. I have lived in Florida almost all of my life, and Gov. Snott is the WORST elected official we have ever had!

  2. jarden Says:

    Governor Scott is great!

  3. Nemo Says:

    Governor Scott have just betrayed the tea party!

    Speaking of corruption==>
    LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday amid revelations of his company’s political proximity — and his own closeness — to the White House and Obama administration officials

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/28/lightsquared-ceo-resigns-amid-revelations-of-companys-proximity-to-obama-white-house/#ixzz1niVzLkym

  4. Tea Lady Says:

    Governor Scott wrote: “Given that the United States currently burdens companies with the second highest tax rate in the world, every tax reduction makes American businesses more competitive.”

    Like I’ve said all along, our job creators need relief from the heavy tax burden. Anyone with a modicum of economic sense understands this.

    Let’s do our patriotic duty and help America’s job creators. Vote for more tax relief!!

    (T)axed
    (E)nough
    (A)lready

    .. And also make a request to end the uncompetitive, market-destroying Citizen’s Insurance!

  5. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    @teabagger,

    You can take your “job creators” and shove them in your tea bag, lunatic!

    @Nemo,

    Another witch hunt by Issa. This is one of the reasons you’re going to lose the House.

    These political witch-hunts do NOTHING to help America.

    These two individuals posting on this board literally represent all that’s wrong with America. They represent a mixture of ignorance and dishonesty, the likes of which we simply do not have time for.

    We need to be working on SOLUTIONS, not petty games and lying to attack people who disagree with Republicans.

    DEMOCRATS ALL THE WAY IN 2012!!!

  6. Same Ole same Ole Says:

    Well its about time Rick Scott saw the light and started to support Obama and his policies.
    GOOD JOB RICK !!!!!!

  7. Better Luck Next Time Says:

    @Allen West Must Go, c’mon Lois, enough is enough.

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