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Scott touts Hertz's move to Fort Myers on CNBC's 'Squawk Box'

Appearing on his favorite national cable program, CNBC's "Squawk Box," Gov. Rick Scott had a lot to squawk about Wednesday.

He highlighted the decision by Hertz to relocate its corporate rental car headquarters, and about 500 jobs, from northern New Jersey to Estero, near Fort Myers. But getting Hertz in the driver's seat in Florida didn't come cheap: The state and local governments are chipping in about $19 million in various economic incentives, Scott said.

Then the governor -- apparently forgetting for the moment that another rental car company, Alamo, has long been headquartered in Fort Lauderdale -- told CNBC's viewers: "I hope everybody rents more Hertz cars so we can add more jobs in Florida because what I believe in is American business building businesses in Florida and adding more jobs."

Three different CNBC questioners took turns trying to pin down Scott on whether he supports applying the Florida sales tax to goods purchased online (the so-called streamlined sales tax failed in the just-ended legislative session for the umpteenth year in a row).

Scott's final answer: "If we're going to have this tax, which I believe there ought to be a fair tax, we've got to reduce other taxes so Florida families don't pay more in taxes. The average Florida family has one of the lowest taxes out of their pocket in the country. I want to keep it that way."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:10pm]


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