Scott backs Trump, tourism and business groups in State of State

Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott expressed his happiness that Donald Trump was elected president and backed a pair of controversial tourism and business agencies in his State of the State address Tuesday.

Speaking to a joint meeting of the state House of Representatives and Senate at the opening of this year’s legislative session, Scott made no mention of the opioid and heroin epidemic that has ravaged families in Palm Beach County and throughout the state.

Palm Beach County officials said they were pleased by aspects of the governor’s speech but were disappointed he did not mention the opioid epidemic.

The governor’s support for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida puts him on a collision course with some state legislators, who have criticized those agencies as havens of waste and corporate welfare.

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Deutch rips Scott for ‘callous’ California spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch rips Gov. Scott on California trip
Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch rips Gov. Scott on California trip

Boca Raton U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat, sent a stinging letter Monday to Gov. Rick Scott over his using California’s minimum wage hike to court businesses to Florida.

Deutch also aimed fire at Scott for spending almost $6,000 in taxpayer money on radio ads in California in advance of the Republican governor’s three-day trade swing to the Golden State.

“These advertisements demonstrate a disturbing callousness to the working conditions of so many minimum-wage Florida workers who are fighting to lift themselves out of poverty,” Deutch wrote.

“To put the cost of your wasteful, taxpayer-funded political statement into perspective, a minimum wage worker in Florida would have to work 18 weeks to pay for your advertisements attacking California’s minimum wage increase.”


Scott bound for California — and another trade mission

Gov. Scott going out west.
Gov. Scott going out west.

Gov. Rick Scott is going out west — again — for a business-recruiting trip to California.

Scott plans to lead the Enterprise Florida trade mission next month that is timed so he can attend the Milken Institute’s Global Conference.

Scott said he plans to sell Florida as a place for “job creators to succeed.”

The Republican governor headed to the Democratic-led Golden State last year on a trade mission focused mostly on luring port business to Florida — at a time when a labor dispute was snarling international trade at California’s ports.