Florida Governor Rick Scott courts Pennsylvania businesses

Written by Tom MacDonald/WHYY | Feb 24, 2015 4:57 AM

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(Philadelphia) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott is visiting Pennsylvania to court businesses about moving to the Sunshine State.

He says Governor Tom Wolf's policies will prove unfriendly for businesses -- and that makes Florida more attractive.

"You have a governor that's raising taxes. It makes it easy to show the difference. We are cutting taxes by $670 million this year," he says. "In four years, I've cut taxes 40 times. We have the lowest state taxes per capita in the United States."

Scott says making it easier for business owners is the key to getting businesses to move South.

"I tell people all the time if you have trouble doing business in Florida, 'Call me.'  I want people to expand in Florida, about 300,000 people moved to the state last year," he notes. "A lot of people from Pennsylvania moved to the state last year and I'm sure a lot more are going to go there, if this weather continues a lot more are going to move there."

One major business that has answered the call is WAWA.  The Delaware County company will be opening 50 new stores in Florida over the next two years.

But, WAWA is not moving its headquarters, which will expand in Pennsylvania.

The Florida governor will be a guest on WITF's Smart Talk at 9:00 a.m. today to discuss his efforts to attract Pennsylvania businesses to his state.

Meantime, Governor Tom Wolf is attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington D.C. During a panel discussion, he was asked what the commonwealth's biggest economic challenge is. His answer? "Low self-esteem."

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