'RATSmack 2010 - New FL Gov promises to add jobs and cut tax! (Smacked 'RATs furious...)
- From: Patriot Games <Patriot@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2011 08:35:21 -0500
New Florida governor promises to add jobs and cut tax
Tue, Jan 04 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Former hospital executive and
political novice Rick Scott was sworn in as Florida governor on
Tuesday and he promised to create jobs, reduce government regulation
and eliminate the state's corporate income tax.
Scott, a 58-year-old Republican, took the oath of office on the steps
of the old state capitol building in Tallahassee. In his inaugural
address, he said job creation would be his top priority.
"Florida has to offer business people the biggest opportunity for
financial success," Scott said. "Not a guarantee, just a fair chance.
Three forces markedly reduce that chance of success -- taxation,
regulation and litigation. Those three form the axis of unemployment."
Florida is struggling to recover from the collapse of its housing
market and its unemployment rate hovers at 12 percent, factors that
Scott said "left a trail of destruction as bad as any hurricane."
He told a crowd of supporters he would focus on increasing healthcare
options, reducing civil litigation while cutting costs and eliminating
the red tape he blames for hampering Florida's economic recovery. He
also promised to phase out the corporate income tax that brings in $2
billion a year of revenue.
"Whether the national government takes the right steps or not, here in
Florida we have what we need to make the next four years the most
exciting time to live and work in Florida," Scott said.
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Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's outgoing chief
financial officer, after spending more than $70 million of his own
money. Scott, former CEO of Columbia/HCA Health Care, has a net worth
of about $218 million.
During the campaign, Sink tried to keep the spotlight on Scott's
leadership of Columbia/HCA, which paid $1.7 billion in fines to settle
the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history in the late 1990s.
Scott was never charged in the Medicare case and said he did not know
about the fraud when he was chief executive.
Scott's pro-business platform played well with the inaugural crowd,
which included many large contributors. Representatives from U.S.
Sugar Corp and Florida Crystals Corp. had front row seats at the
ceremony, during which Scott promised to protect businesses from civil
"We will not allow excessive lawsuits to strangle job creation," Scott
said. "And we will not allow a small group of predatory lawyers to
stalk the business community in search of deep pockets."
Bucking recent austerity trends, his inaugural committee used nearly
$3.5 million in private contributions to fund a two-day slate of
inaugural activities that included a statewide tour, a black-tie
dinner and tributes to military personnel and women.
Tuesday's festivities started with a prayer breakfast at Florida A&M
University, a historically black college that has held the prayer
venue for many an incoming governor.
In his first official action, Scott signed an executive order
preventing agencies from writing regulations until a newly created
Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform reviews and
approves the rules. That office also will review every state contract
over $1 million.
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