Rick Scott PAC using poll to drum up support for job incentives
Having failed to get the Florida Legislature to budge on giving him more money for job incentive programs for corporations, Gov. Rick Scott is hitting lawmakers with a little Donald Trump pressure via a poll to convince them to change their minds.
A political action committee tied to Scott, called Let’s Get to Work, partially released a poll that purports to shows 59 percent of Floridians support Scott’s plan to ask for $85 million in incentives to “encourage businesses to relocate to Florida and expand in Florida.” The poll says just 34 percent oppose the idea.
Another question references Trump by name and tries to present House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, as oppositional to Trump. It asks about Trump’s decision to give special tax breaks to Carrier to keep the company from moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico.
“Some, like Governor Scott, say this is exactly the kind of thing we need our government to be doing, making it easier for businesses to grow jobs and stay in America. Others, like Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, say that it is wrong for government to provide this kind of assistance to businesses, and they call it corporate welfare.”
The results showed 55 percent of voters sided with Scott versus 37 percent with Corcoran’s view of the incentives as “corporate welfare.”
Let’s Get to Work goes further, saying 80 percent of Republicans in their poll sample supported Scott’s views over Corcoran’s. Just 15 percent of Republicans considered it corporate welfare, the polls showed.
"Floridians strongly support the mission of Enterprise Florida to work to bring more jobs to the people of Florida," the polling memo released by Let's Get to Work to "Rick Scott Supporters" says.
If the poll was an effort to move Corcoran, it appears to have missed the mark. Corcoran took to social media to respond to the “Survey Release on Corporate Welfare.”
“I have great respect for Governor Scott and all he’s done to cut taxes and regulations to improve the business climate in Florida. But our policies in the House will be driven by principle not polling. And one of our fundamental principles as conservatives is that government should not pick winners and losers in the market,” Corcoran said in his statement.