Gov. Rick Scott to tout Florida economy on D.C. trip
Florida Gov. Rick Scott gets a chance today to brag about his efforts to rebuild Florida's economy before a very friendly audience on Wednesday.
Scott is scheduled to speak for an hour in Washington, D.C. at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy think tank just off Capitol Hill, about his signature issue: job creation.
The Heritage Foundation is advertising the event as "A Discussion of Florida Economic Recovery and How the Sunshine State Created 1 million Jobs in 5 Years."
And if that wasn't enough, Heritage Foundation officials proclaimed Scott's efforts in Florida as "Reaganesque" in an article promoting the event.
The presentation comes at a time that one of Scott's top legislative priorities is in increasing jeopardy in the Florida Legislature. The Florida House today is expected to roll out a tax cut proposal that will not include Scott's call for permanently eliminating the state's income taxes on manufacturing and retail companies. Scott has pitched that idea as key to luring more manufacturing businesses to Florida and diversifying the state's real estate and tourism reliant economy.
Besides the Heritage Foundation, Scott also has a personal meeting with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. Speculation has been high that Scott will aim to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018 when his term as governor will end.
Scott is also scheduled to attend a dinner sponsored by The American Spectator, a conservative monthly magazine.