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Scott willing to 'impose the proper sanctions' on deadbeat Florida businesses



Gov. Rick Scott's pro-business agenda may include cracking down on companies that, after getting tax incentives from the state, have failed to create jobs executives have promised.

The head of Scott's new Department of Economic Opportunity, Doug Darling, told us this week that he was reviewing the contracts and the governor said he was on board.

"I want to make sure that any time we're using taxpayer dollars and we're expecting returns, we're going to get those returns," Scott said after a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his new agency. "One thing I did in business, I think it's helpful to go back and look at the past."

So what are the penalties? Scott's spokesman Amy Graham said the state is reviewing current contracts and will first look to see if they can help the companies meet their goals. 

"Companies that achieve their performance goals will continue to receive our full support, and, as appropriate, we will assist any that are facing challenges in doing so," Graham said in a statement. "For those that fail to meet the agreed-upon goals, and it is apparent they cannot meet those goals, we will impose the proper sanctions. Those sanctions could include requiring them to return the incentives plus interest or other penalties."

Here's the video of Scott opening DEO on Wednesday:

[Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:38am]


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