Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida have been making headlines for a while, and Richard Corcoran has been dead set on killing both.
Joe Gruters, a Republican House member from Sarasota, has different views.
When the Florida Careers and Competition committee voted to kill both agencies, Gruters was the only Republican to vote against the measure, saying that “The state wins when we bring targeted industries to our communities. We will have another economic downturn and we need to do everything we can to diversify our economy.” Nine Republicans and one democrat voted to kill it while Gruters and four Democrats voted against it.
The vote doesn’t come with hard feelings. Gruters praises Corcoran as a principled conservative, and even thanks him for allowing him to be on the subcommittee that oversaw the bill that would ultimately kill both agencies.
After voting, Gruters told the Times/Herald that he wasn’t “trying to poke the Speaker. I’m just doing what I think is right” because “I’m one of the few Republicans who campaigned on Enterprise Florida and incentives.”
We caught up with Gruters in Tallahassee this past December where the freshman legislator said that would be filing “very conservative.”
Gruters is using all of the same safe political jargon as most elected officials saying that he wants to “make Florida the best possible place to live and work, continue to help the Governor, Senate, and the House.”
“We have strong conservative majorities, and one of the best governors in entire country.”
Gruters also says that he will be filing ‘very conservative” campaign-related bills in the upcoming weeks.-Shark Tank