Florida Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran are at odds over the state’s job creation business practice of funding businesses to get them to move here. Groups like Americans for Prosperity call his level of government assistance nothing more than “corporate welfare.”Scott’s job creation prowess cannot be refuted, but to use taxpayer dollars to help businesses relocate to Florida and grow, is raising many eyebrows around the state.
Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” political action committee just put out a poll claiming that 59 percent of Floridians support the governor’s push to allocate $85 million to lure outside businesses to move to Florida.
The Florida Legislature previously denied the request, so Scott is trying a bit of a strong-arm tactic to try to pursued state lawmakers to reconsider.
“Some, like Governor Scott, say this is exactly the kind of thing we need our government to be doing, making it easier for businesses to grow jobs and stay in America. Others, like Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, say that it is wrong for government to provide this kind of assistance to businesses, and they call it corporate welfare.”-Let’s Get to Work Poll-TB Times
The poll was without a doubt aimed to counter Corcoran, making for the upcoming legislative session to be just that more uncomfortable for both men.Scott’s poll also broke numbers down to political affiliation. Per the poll, 80 percent of Republicans side with Scott, while only 15 percent with Corcoran.
Corcoran, who is not known to every coward down whenever he is challenged, put out this statement in response to the poll:
“I have great respect for Governor Scott and all he’s done to cut taxes and regulations to improve the business climate in Florida. But our policies in the House will be driven by principle not polling. And one of our fundamental principles as conservatives is that government should not pick winners and losers in the market.”