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Rick Scott (R) Visits with Florida Employers

September 3, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010 – Republican Candidate for Governor and former AIF Board Member Rick Scott visited the headquarters of Associated Industries of Florida today to hear from business leaders and to share some of his philosophies and plans for re-energizing Florida’s economy.  Speaking to a packed room, Scott emphasized his proven track record of creating jobs and fighting unnecessary regulation.  His first priority is to help existing companies in Florida grow and to make Florida the leading destination for companies to relocate.  In order to do this, Scott’s “7-7-7 Jobs Plan” will focus on seven areas:  

  • Implementing Accountability Budgeting
  • Reducing Government Spending
  • Enacting Regulatory Reform
  • Focusing on Job Growth and Retention
  • Investing in World Class State Universities
  • Reducing Property Taxes
  • Phasing out the Business Income Tax

During today’s meeting at AIF, Scott focused on eliminating costly government regulation which he states will bring Florida to the forefront nationally of states in which to do business.  Scott vowed to bring drastic and immediate change to state government and eliminating over-burdensome regulation is one of the ways he will achieve this change.  Other priorities for Scott include passage of tort reform legislation, which will ensure a fair and predictable environment for employers while at the same time “guaranteeing all Floridians their day in court,” and property insurance reform – more specifically creating a regulatory environment that bolsters the private market and returns Citizens Insurance to an insurer of last resort. 

Scott’s plan to phase out business taxes and his opposition of Amendment 4 drew the loudest applause from the business leaders in attendance.