Scott Makes Personal Calls to Businesses: "Come to Florida"

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll says Scott's holding true to his 7-7-7 plan to turn around Florida. 7 steps, 700,000 jobs in 7 years... those seven steps include- getting on the phone. "One thing the governor has been doing everyday is calling businesses outside of the state as well as inside the state to see how we can make businesses in Florida flourish."

Austin Alexander a job seeker says, "You can talk a big game about how you want to get jobs- but it all depends on what you do."

Scott's sales pitch: Florida has a business friendly state. Job Hunters are singing the same tune. "Florida would be a much better place you know. Very low taxes- no income tax so you can attract people from all over the world." says Alexander.

"As you see in Illinois they increased the taxes just this past week up 66% for their citizens there so what do you think Gov. Scott did? He called the state of Illinois."

Reports in an Illinois paper say the founder of Jimmy John's sandwich restaurant is deciding if they should move "freaky fast" away from the rising taxes in Illinois and bring their free smells to Florida... and says the decision is based on the new tax law.

While the governor's office and Jimmy John's aren't commenting on whether or not Scott made a call.. Carroll says other out of state businesses are taking the bait.

"We've already tapped into 2-3 hundred jobs that are coming into the state." says Carroll.

"We'll just have to see if it works out. That's a good idea because we do need some more jobs. Everyone is competing for the same job right now." says a skeptical job hunter.

Carroll says plans are in place to put up a public job thermometer to show job creation progress- all the way until they met their goal.

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  • by Cheryl Location: Carolinas on Jan 25, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    In my opinion, this is the type of proactive stance that Florida - and the country - need to take on job creation. Kudos to Gov Scott and his team for jumping into this like businessmen in their efforts to get their state running effectively again!! Would we be able to borrow him for a few months in NC?
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