TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.
Over the last two weeks he has toured the state, recorded campaign-style automated phone calls and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide to pressure fellow Republicans in the Florida House to back off of a bill that would eliminate the state agency that has been at the center of his job creation efforts....
Gov. Rick Scott lost again.
Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs.
But on Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee responded with an unmistakable rejection. The committee vote 18-12 for the bill that kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency that Scott credits for helping the state set tourism records each of the last five years....
02/20/17 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over his two prized agencies.
On Monday, Scott released a statement that accused House leaders of relying on falsehoods to dismantle Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, then announced a proposal to salvage Visit Florida, but only after a steep cut that would decimate the agency....
Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over a major philosophical - but increasingly personal - disagreement over the role of government when it comes to business recruitment and tourism.
But while the House and Scott are in full crisis mode and threatening one another politically, the Florida Senate has been restrained in their reaction and seemingly avoiding being drawn directly into the fire....
Gov. Rick Scott isn't done singling out Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives who voted against one of his biggest priorities.
Following a week that he toured the state publicly calling out Republicans for voting to kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, Scott is now using a political action committee he controls to launch automated telephone calls to voters in 9 key House districts to complain about those legislators even more....
It wasn't just that Gov. Rick Scott went into the backyards of a half dozen state representatives to call them out by name for voting for a bill he opposes.
It's how he did it that has state legislators still fuming.
In Tampa, in Flagler Beach, and Brevard County, Scott had a similar script, telling business leaders that he was "shocked" at the nine House Republicans on the Careers & Competition Subcommittee who dared to vote for a bill to kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. But then he threw salt into the wound, calling them the unthinkable: politicians....
A propaganda video that House Speaker Richard Corcoran is using to build support for killing Enterprise Florida includes a heavily manipulated quote that makes it appear that even the former head of the agency has turned on it, when he hasn’t.
In the 3 minute video, the former CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope appears to say “Enterprise Florida may have lost its way.”...
Standing in a zoo, Gov. Rick Scott made clear today that he’s not done handing out political retribution to state legislators who have dared oppose him on two of his biggest priorities.
At the Brevard Zoo, Scott ripped into state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, for being one of 9 Republicans that voted to eliminate funding for the state’s primary economic development agency, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency....
As 43-day tenures on the job go, Chris Hart’s has been about as tough as you can get.
Hart, the new CEO of Enterprise Florida was once again testifying before a committee in the Florida Legislature today, trying to convince lawmakers to simply let his agency continue to exist. Hart took over in January with a mission to restore trust in Enterprise Florida, which had been criticized for excessive spending in the past....
As Gov. Rick Scott travels the state calling out legislators by name in their home districts for voting against his top priority, legislators are firing back, warning the governor to be careful about how far he pushes it.
For the third day in a row, Scott was traveling the state on Wednesday criticizing legislators on one House subcommittee by name for voting in favor of a bill that would kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The bill has a long way to go and its chances of passing the full Legislature are slim. Still, that hasn’t stopped Scott from admonishing House members who voted to allow the bill to continue to be debated....
A day after attending a rally with Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was in Tallahassee on Tuesday meeting with the governor yet again.
Buckhorn and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, both Democrats, said they met with the governor to offer their help in protecting Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida - two agencies that some state lawmakers have vowed to eliminate....
02/14/17 State Roundup
TALLAHASSEE — Call it the Rick Scott retribution tour.
Sure, the Republican Governor's office called his stops in Cape Coral, Tampa, Panama City, and Jacksonville this week the "Fighting for Florida's Jobs" tour. But they all coincidentally have one big thing in common.
All four stops have been in the districts of four of the nine House Republicans who last week voted to kill two of his most cherished agencies: Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. And in each stop Scott was sure to remind business leaders that their locally elected representative was part of the group of nine Republicans on a key committee that defied him and voted to completely eliminate those two agencies....
Call it the Rick Scott retribution tour.
Sure, the Republican Governor’s office called his stops in Cape Coral, Tampa, Panama City, and Jacksonville this week the “Fighting for Florida’s Jobs” tour. But they all coincidentally have one big thing in common.
All four stops have been in the districts of four of the nine House Republicans who last week voted to killed two of his most cherished agencies: Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. And in each stop Scott was sure to remind business leaders that their locally elected representative was part of the group of 9 Republicans defied him and voted to completely eliminate those two agencies, which Scott says have been keys to Florida creating 1.2 million private sector jobs since he was elected....
Suddenly Rick Scott is even more powerful.
As if running the third largest state in America weren’t enough, now the two term Republican governor gets an unprecedented chance to appoint a cabinet member with zero input from the Florida Legislature....
Not even a week after the Florida House voted to kill both the state's job incentives program and its tourism marketing arm, Gov. Rick Scott is fighting back.
The Republican governor has stops planned in Cape Coral, Tampa and Flagler Beach today where he will meet with business leaders. In each city, he's holding a roundtable discussion about how important Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida have been to the state - a counter argument to House leaders who last week blasted both agencies as "corporate welfare" that puts the power in the hands of the government to pick winners and losers....