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Robert Trigaux column: How's Florida's economy doing? C-plus with room to improve



How's the Florida economy doing? I'm feeling generous in the new year. I'm thinking C-plus.

Sure beats a D. It's been that bad out there. With luck, next year we may even get a B.

The state economy's better off than it was a year ago. Our new governor's focus on jobs, jobs, jobs may seem myopic to many, but it's helping at least a bit. Unemployment is dropping, slow and steady.

But the goals of becoming the Nation's Most Irresistible Business State with super-low corporate taxes and leaner regulation and bureaucracy have proved more challenging in a fiscally challenged era.

Those high-profile companies touted early on by Gov. Scott – the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, for one – that flirted with us were probably never serious about relocation. But Florida was a handy foil to squeeze some tax concessions back home in Illinois.

Don't count on those other states to slumber away as economic rivals steal their mojo.

Column here.

[Last modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 7:16pm]


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