Rick Scott adds Maryland to his hit listby Dara Kam | May 13th, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott’s extended his “one-way ticket” invitation to business owners in Maryland, the fourth state the governor’s targeted in an effort to get companies to relocate in the Sunshine State.
Scott, a Republican, issued similar appeals to businesses in California, Illinois and Connecticut, all states like Maryland headed by a Democratic governor.
The Scott, who’s running for reelection to a second term, invitation reads a lot like a campaign flier, boasting of how dismal Florida’s economy was when he took office in 2011 and taking credit for a 3 percent drop in unemployment and, according to his calculus, 300,000 new private sector jobs.
Most notably, though, is Scott’s characterization of how bleak things are in the states he’s targeted, using his press office’s frequent hashtag “ISN’T WORKING” to point out Maryland tax increases and lost jobs.
“We hope you’ll book a trip to Florida, and we hope you’ll make it a ‘one-way’ trip because we have the perfect climate for your business,” Scott’s letter reads.
After stumping around the state last week touting pay raises for teachers, Scott’s touring Florida to advertise his success getting lawmakers to sign off on a manufacturing equipment tax break. He’ll be in Jacksonville, Oldsmar and his hometown of Naples.
Scott’s still struggling to top his competitor-in-chief, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for the No. 1 spot as the best place to do business in the country, something he acknowledges in his letter.