Scott Loves NYby John Kennedy | March 29th, 2012
Fresh from a Fox News television appearance Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott released a sample of a letter he sent to 100 New York businesses urging them to relocate to Florida.
His message to those slogging through lousy weather and high taxes? Fuhgeddaboutit.
“Florida is a right-to-work state with no personal income tax, low business taxes, great teachers, the best beaches and weather in the world, and an overall great quality of life — factors that every CEO and entrepreneur considers,” Scott said at the start of his three-page pitch.
He goes on to contrast Florida with New York, which he says has the “second worst tax climate in the nation and a corporate income tax rate of 7.1 percent.” Scott just signed into law legislation Wednesday that keeps Florida’s rate a 5.5 percent, but shields businesses from having to pay the levy until they owe $50,000, doubling the current exemption.
Scott appeared on Fox’s Your World with Neal Cavuto on Thursday with his ‘c’mon down’ call to Empire State executives.
“As you are exploring cost-saving options, and evaluating whether or not you want to continue paying higher taxes, I ask you to consider doing business in Florida,” Scott concludes in his letter. He adds the governor’s office telephone number to “allow me to personally make the case for Florida.”
Here’s the governor’s letter: Letter to NY Businesses