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Robert Trigaux column: Gov. Scott, it's always cheaper elsewhere



Times Business columnist Robert Trigaux weighs in on what's happening in Florida:

Did Florida really sign up for a fool's game of trying to make Florida the cheapest place to do business? It feels like it, given the obsession of our new state leadership.

If Florida costs less, if business regulations are severely pruned, will businesses really flock here? It sounded good during the desperate unemployment days of the governor's race. Pounded upon in unending TV ads, that message — I'll make Florida irresistible for businesses that come here and create jobs, jobs, jobs — was powerful enough, buoyed by $70 million in personal spending, to give Rick Scott his own job as Florida's new governor.

Rarely a day goes by when Scott does not remind us he's making phone calls, personally telling company executives in cold-weather, higher-tax states that pro-business Florida is open for, well, business. If Scott gets his way, he reasons, there soon won't be any state tax on businesses here. So come on down!

At last check of our state border, there's no backup of corporate moving vans clamoring to get into Florida.

Read the entire column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:21am]


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