Look who's Squawking: Gov. Rick Scott co-hosts CNBC morning show
|Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks Texas Gov. Rick Perry a question on CNBC's Squawk Box. (Michael C. Bender | Times).|
1.) Gov. Rick Scott was asked this morning whether it was fair a secretary pays a higher percentage of taxes than a mega-rich boss, like Warren Buffett.
"I don't know what the fair tax rate is on somebody making a million dollars or more," said Scott, whose income approached $8 million in 2009.
"But over all we cannot put our country, our businesses at a disadvantage or people at a disadvantage or they're not going invest in companies," Scott said. "We're not going to have investments."
Pushed for an answer, Scott implied that investment earnings should not be taxed at all.
"The argument would be that you've already paid taxes on the money to ever get to have the money to invest," Scott said. "So you've paid taxes already. How many times do you have to pay taxes on something."
2.) "Gov. Perry, this is Rick..."
That's how Scott opened his question to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was beamed in via satellite from Knoxville, Tenn.
Given the change to ask questions instead of answer them, Scott asked the presidential candidate what he should do to create jobs.
"What should we be doing in Florida to make sure I do a better job than you've done in Texas and how does that apply to what the federal government oughta be doing?" Scott asked.
Perry turned the question to immigration (an issue that caused him a bit of trouble in Florida.)
"A lot of the problems that we have to deal with as governors would go away if they would secure the border of this country with Mexico," Perry said.
"Strategic fencing works in the metropolitan areas," Perry added. "Then you put the boots on the ground and you have aviation assets to assist them. Those are the three real pillars, if you will, of securing our boarder."
3.) Perry has taken some grief for calling Social Security a "Ponzi scheme." Scott said, "I would never use those words," but added that he has the "same issue" with the state pension.
Scott said later that larger benefits, a lower rate a return and "games" from state workers have hurt the state pension.
"People game the system," Scott said. "Because you get paid based on your highest paid three, five or eight years. And so they use more overtime, all of these things. That's what's really impacted the system."
4.) Another guest during the show was Legoland GM Adrian Jones. The company is opening an Orlando location on Oct. 15 and has promised to add 1,000 jobs. "We're almost there," Jones said.
The Squawk Box hosts asked Jones why he picked Florida over other states. ""We always wanted to build in Central Florida. It's no secret of that," Jones said.
5.) On those Legoland jobs: "They're not the highest paying jobs," Scott said.
Scott added that Florida has the third-most technology companies of any state and was fourth in exporting. "Bio-science, things like that, those are high-paying jobs," Scott said.
|Florida Gov. Rick Scott on the set of CNBC's Squawk Box. (Governor's Office).|
6.) Scott also helped interview the executives from the Robin Hood Foundation, which supports charities focused on poverty in New York City.
Scott praised the company, saying their services were needed more than ever. "As these tax revenues have dropped, I mean it's getting so much harder to fund programs. And there is more and more and more need: More people in poverty, more people developmentally disabled. So thank goodness for organizations like Robin Hood," Scott said.
David Saltzman, Robin Hood executive director, said serving the poor has "got to be a combination" of government and the private sector.
"Government has got to do it's part as well," Saltzman said.
7.) Scott asked Saltzman about his company's experience with charter schools. Robin Hood claims to be the largest investor in New York City charters.
"Not all charter schools are high quality,"
8.) Scott said he got "almost a standing ovation" from a Miami chamber of commerce crowd on Wednesday when he talked about a new law requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test.
"It's interesting. The public completely gets it."
9.) Asked about the political atmosphere in Tallahassee compared to Washington D.C., Scott noted that Republican control all the major elected offices and branches in Florida's capital.
"It's absolutely easier," Scott said. "It's easier to get things done."
A few minutes later, Scott was asked about his failed attempt to deregulate businesses, like hair weavers, in Florida.
"Just because you have a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate doesn't mean anything get's done," Scott said.
10.) Scott also repeated a couple of statements that aren't completely accurate, including his claim that Florida has added no new debt under his administration and that he's taken the state budget from a deficit to a surplus.