Florida Jobs: Fact Or Fiction?

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By: Matt Horn
October 23, 2013

Governor Rick Scott announced more jobs coming to Florida Wednesday morning.

”We’ve had the second biggest drop of unemployment in the country in the last 2 ½ years and we’re adding jobs each and everyday,” said Scott.

In North Central Florida, the Governor announced a bio-pharmaceutical company will create 150 new jobs. A press release says the announcement was due to multiple agencies, including Enterprise Florida, where the governor serves on the board of directors. Now opponents say the organization is plagued with cronyism.

“Where corporations pay 50,000 dollars for a seat at the table on the board of Enterprise Florida and then they get subsidy deals and vendor contracts worth millions in return,” said Dan Krassner, a representative of Integrity Florida.

Additionally, opponents say instead of creating what they call ‘real jobs’ the state is really providing the unemployed with I-O-U’s.

“More than 600-thousand Floridians who are out of work right now are hearing a lot of jobs promises but they’re not seeing real jobs delivered,” said Krassner.

Even though hundreds of thousands of Floridians remain unemployed, the Florida Chamber of Commerce says they support Enterprise Florida and the Governor, saying both are creating more jobs.

“Other states are modeling their economic development efforts after Florida,” said Mark Wilson, an employee with the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber also says with more jobs, people are moving to Florida.

“Try telling the people that are relocating to Florida because of these high wage, high paying jobs that they don’t have real jobs,” said Wilson.

Opponents argue a partnership between public agencies and private businesses are a conflict of interest and result in the misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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