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Haridopolos on Scott's jobs promise, working with the new guv

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November

In a wide-ranging interview today, incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos  told reporters what to expect out of the Legislature in the next two years: more conservative ideas. He said the shares the same central goal as Gov.-elect Rick Scott -- reduce regulations and make the state more attractive to businesses.

“I think you’re going to see more aggressive policies trying to remove red tape,” he said. “I don’t think anyone in this room can say Charlie Crist was aggressively trying to reduce red tape.”

Scott has promised to create 700,000 jobs in seven years -- over and above the growth projected under current policies. Haridopolos was less specific.

“We can’t guarantee success,” he said. “I mean, economics isn’t a simple math question. Our goal is produce two basic items – increase predictability and certainty. Predictability that there's not going to be a new tax or new regulation that's going to limit job opportunities in this state. ... We want to try to give that predictability that, if nothing else in comparison to other states, that we look better."

Haridopolos also discussed how he would work with Scott, the man Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon spent months trying to defeat in the GOP primary.

“The following Monday after the campaign, Dean and I went over to see Rick Scott and had a fabulous conversation,” he said. “We all recognized that Rick, Dean and I -- we all share the philosophy that he espoused on the campaign trail. Rick Scott and I have been very cordial,” he said. “I’ve been supportive. You saw how aggressively I supported him in the campaign.

“Given the way we’ve gotten along so well, I expect to have a good relationship."

[Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 5:21pm]

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