Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that he will lead a domestic economic development mission to Kentucky in September to encourage businesses to relocate to Florida.
This is Scott’s second attempt in two years to lure Kentucky jobs to Florida.
Citing a number of reasons businesses should consider the sunshine state, including a lack of right-to-work areas and “Kentucky’s pro-union, big government policies,” Scott said Florida is “proud to be a right-to-work state where businesses can afford to compete with other places America and all over the world. Florida also has no personal income tax – unlike Kentucky.”
In a release, Scott touted Florida legislation to hold the on college tuition to ensure employers have a skilled workforce, the state’s workforce development programs, recent tax cuts, low state debt per capita, and a decline in the number of regulations.
“Florida is ranked second in the country for its business environment by the nation’s CEOS, and Florida’s transportation infrastructure is consistently ranked among the best in America,” Scott said. “Kentucky businesses can do better in Florida, plain and simple.”
In response to Scott’s economic mission, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said in a release, you would think with the difficult problems facing Florida today that Gov. Rick Scott would have better things to do to keep him occupied. However, if he wants to waste his time coming to Kentucky to try and convince our businesses to come to Florida, then come ahead, because he will have no success.”
Two years ago Scott sent letters to Kentucky businesses inviting them to relocate to Florida.
Specific plans for the trip will be announced at a later date.