Florida governor asking CT business owners to leave the state; Malloy’s office responds

HARTFORD --  Florida Governor Rick Scott said he will be leading an economic development mission to Connecticut next week to share why businesses in Connecticut should consider moving their operations to Florida.

Scott said his announcement comes after an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

On Thursday, FOX61 News obtained the following statement from the Republican Governor:

By working with the Florida Legislature, over the past six and a half years we have cut more than $6.7 billion in taxes, reduced 4,800 burdensome regulations and made important investments to help create opportunities across Florida for future generations. With more than 1.35 million new jobs, an unemployment rate at a nearly 10-year low and a job growth rate that has exceeded the nation’s for more than five consecutive years, there is no better place to grow a business than Florida.

Meanwhile, Connecticut leaders are out of touch with business. Governor Malloy’s administration has been trying, and failing, to tackle a budget deficit with an overwhelming collection of increased taxes and fees. Their job growth rate continues to lag far behind Florida and the nation, and Connecticut has lost more adjusted gross income and people to Florida than any other state in the nation.

The business environment in Connecticut simply cannot compete with everything Florida has to offer. That is why I am leading an economic development mission to Connecticut to share this message firsthand with job creators and site selectors next week.

With the recent establishment of the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund that the Legislature overwhelmingly passed last week, we have the important resources our state needs to encourage more businesses to choose Florida as the best destination to grow and create jobs.

I look forward to meeting with Connecticut business leaders to explain how additional public infrastructure and individual job training through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund will help create new opportunities for them to grow in the Sunshine State.

Communications Director Kelly Donnelly, of Gov. Malloy's office issued the following statement to FOX61:

It's no wonder that Governor Scott would look to Connecticut and be envious of what we have here. We foster a high quality of life, schools that are among the best in the nation, an incredibly skilled and knowledgeable workforce, and we're home to some of the best employers in the world.

The truth is, no amount of money or effort will make up for the fact that Gov Scott is leading his state in the wrong direction. We are happy to host Mr Scott to show him a better way to serve his state, but if he's expecting anyone in Connecticut to buy what he's selling, he's better off saving his taxpayers the cost of the trip and staying home.

Gov. Malloy's office was unaware of Scott's planned visit until FOX61 brought it to their attention.

In May 2015, Scott visited Connecticut in a similar business campaign.

In 2016, Scott urged Yale University to ditch New Haven and relocate its campus because of proposed legislation in Connecticut to tax Yale's massive endowment.

Stay with FOX61 as this story develops.