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Rick Scott on CNBC: 'I don't think the minimum wage is going away'



Gov. Rick Scott doesn't like a higher minimum wage. He made that clear this week when he announced radio ads in California ahead of his trade mission to that state, which will raise its wage from $10 to $15 an hour by 2022.

But does he think there should be a minimum wage?

Asked twice in a CNBC interview Thursday, he wouldn't say.

"I don't think the minimum wage is going away," Scott offered.

In Florida, the minimum wage is $8.05, and state law pegs it to inflation, so it theoretically increases each year. It did not change from 2015 to 2016.

In addition to chatting about paychecks, Scott answered a few other questions.

On the fact that few elected officials have endorsed Donald Trump, Scott's own choice for president: "He's got the fewest endorsements, but he's got the votes."

On Carly Fiorina, who was on Wednesday announced as Sen. Ted Cruz's pick for vice president, he said he's met the former Hewlett Packard executive once. "She seemed like a very nice person. This election is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. … We've got to stop trying to stop Trump. All that's going to do is help Hillary."

And on the differences between running a business and running a government: "You do have more media ... You’ve got Congress. In my case, I have a legislature."




[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:40pm]


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