Gov. Rick Scott is taking his job search over state lines again next week.
This time, the self-proclaimed “jobs governor” will visit Louisiana.
The theme of Scott’s trip due to take place sometime next week is identical to other trade missions he’s carried out – luring companies looking for an escape from high taxes put on by state lawmakers there.
A news release provided by Scott’s office says Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called a special legislative session this week to raise taxes on “residents and businesses.”
Edwards’ spokesman Richard Carbo said the governor is merely navigating budget shortfalls created by former Gov. Bobby Jindal. Scott and Jindal are friends. In fact Scott’s former Chief of Staff Melissa Sellers and current deputy Chief of Staff Frank Collins both worked under Jindal before coming to Florida.
“Louisiana is a hospitable state and we welcome Gov. Scott – we just hope he spends a little extra money while he’s here to help us stabilize our budget. While he’s here, he should visit with the students and families that are paying the price for the failed policies of his friend, former Gov. Jindal, who left our state with a $2 billion deficit,” Carbo said. “If not, then he’d be best served staying in Florida because Louisianans have had enough of slick talking politicians who ignore their citizens.”
Scott’s trade missions have changed in two ways since he took office in 2011. He previously made plenty of overseas trade missions that connected Florida businesses with counterparts in countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Spain. Lately his focus has been domestic job hunting jaunts.
The other difference is that Scott is traveling less with Enterprise Florida. The state’s public-private partnership that designed to help lure companies once received billing on announcements, but that does not seem to be the case anymore.
Rather than tout Enterprise Florida, Scott chose to point out how Louisiana raised taxes 14 times and how the special session called by Gov. Edwards could only lead to more.
Scott visited California in April touting Florida’s low taxes and a generally business-friendly climate, which he said were better than the high taxes and regulation of the Golden State. Scott visited business around Los Angeles before heading up to San Francisco and San Jose. Scott generated plenty of attention from California Gov. Jerry Brown, who told him the businesses in his state had no interest in moving to Florida.
Scott also carried out trips last year to Kentucky, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. He also made a trip to California.