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Smart Talk: Florida Gov. Scott explains mission to encourage PA businesses to move; PA business climate; Gary Gilliam

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 23, 2015 1:55 PM
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, February 24, 2015:

Florida's Governor Rick Scott visits Philadelphia this week to lead a "domestic mission trip." But rather than saving souls, Scott is courting Pennsylvania businesses to "buy a one-way ticket to the Sunshine State." 

States compete for business and the jobs that go along with new business, but Gov. Scott's publicly stated mission to entice Pennsylvania businesses to relocate to Florida is unprecedented -- except that he gone after businesses and jobs in other states like California, Maryland, Illinois, and Minnesota.  Not surprisingly, Scott's mission has generated conversation among Pennsylvania politicians, business owners, and workers -- some who believe Gov. Scott is trying to poach Pennsylvania jobs.

Gov. Scott appears on Tuesday's show to explain why he has targeted Pennsylvania and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in particular. 

To discuss the criticisms that Governor Scott has made about Pennsylvania's business climate we'll hear from Stephen Herzenberg, an economist and Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, who studies Pennsylvania's labor market, industrial relations and workforce development. Also joining the conversation will be David Black, President and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

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David Black and Stephen Herzenberg

Also, Milton Hershey School and Penn State graduate and current Seattle Seahawk Garry Gilliam tells us about life in the NFL and how his education in Central Pennsylvania contributed to his success.

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  • John H. img 2015-02-24 07:57

    When someone talks about moving to Florida, I think back to a Car Talk Episode where a caller from Florida essentially said that living in Florida isn't a great as what people think it is; that I believe.

  • Rich img 2015-02-24 08:50

    If the weather in Florida is so much better than Penna, why have Pennsylvanians paid $50 billion (thru federal taxes) to aid gulf coast states with weather disasters? And why has Florida accepted a similar amount?

    So Gov Scott, will you be paying us back by check or with credit card?

  • Rich img 2015-02-24 09:08

    If the weather in Florida is so much better than Penna, why have Pennsylvanians paid $50 billion (thru federal taxes) to aid gulf coast states with weather disasters? And why has Florida accepted a similar amount?

    So Gov Scott, will you be paying us back by check or with credit card?

  • Lisa img 2015-02-24 09:12

    One thing to consider prior to moving to Florida would be the sorry state of their public school systems. I doubt workers from states with superior public education would consider moving their children to Florida's public school system.

  • Lisa img 2015-02-24 09:23

    If Gov. Scott couldn't spare more than 10 minutes, why have him on the show? I would genuinely have liked to have heard him respond to some callers. It is unfair to your listeners to allow him to voice his opinion, but then not respond to questions and criticisms of the same.

    Businesses should consider some downsides to relocating to Florida: hurricanes, global warming which will flood this state, lack of an educated workforce. One business I would gladly see go to Florida: the entire fracking industry.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-24 09:28

    Jan emails:
    Why should businesses locate in FL which is already at the front line of the affects of climate change – to the point where most property insurers have abandoned the state because of flooding and extreme weather events. And what is the governor doing to address climate change?

    Rather than try to steal jobs from PA, why doesn’t the governor focus on growing jobs in FL by promoting the solar power industry - right now businesses from installing solar in the Sunshine State.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-24 09:28

    Blaine from York emails:
    Just like the other “no tax” state they want to get their money from the people of the other states. Look at your hotel bill if you go to Disney!!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-24 09:31

    A listener emails:
    What advice would you give to someone looking to start a business in Florida with a profit model built on bilking the tax payers out of Medicare funds? What incentives could Florida offer other than just having a Governor who's experienced in that sort of endeavor?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-24 09:35

    Norma emails:
    Before moving to FL, businesses should look at real estate taxes and property insurance costs. FL keeps business income taxes low and personal income taxes at zero by having very high real estate taxes on both business and residential property.

    Also look at the cost to insure property. Can you say hurricane?

  • Jeff img 2015-02-24 10:07

    Governor Scott's Florida seems to be in a relentless and manic development in spite of global warming. It won't last. It's time he started talking about working together with his neighbors, not taking jobs away to a fantasy land.

  • Rich img 2015-02-24 16:44

    Two hundred years from now, the only "land" in Florida will be in Orlanda, the Matterhorn, Big Thunder MTn and Space Mtn