Florida Gov. Rick Scott has revealed that he plans to travel to Louisiana this summer to tell business leaders here how Florida “is making it easier for families & job creators to succeed.”
The so-called domestic trade mission was announced in a series of tweets from Scott’s official Twitter account Wednesday morning in which he criticized Louisiana’s elected leaders.
“(Louisiana) leaders don’t understand raising taxes hurts job creators (and) families. In (Florida), we have cut taxes 50 times & saved taxpayers $5.5 billion,” Scott wrote. “While we are fighting every day to grow jobs in Florida, Louisiana elected officials are clearly not focused on creating new opportunities.”
The Florida Governor’s Office didn’t immediately respond to The Advocate’s request for further information about the planned visit.
But Scott recently did the same thing with California. In promoting that trip, a news release from Scott’s office explained that the plan was to discuss “why businesses in California should consider moving their operations to Florida,” and Scott similarly criticized California leaders.
The Advocate has reached out to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ spokesman for response.
During a special legislative session earlier this year, legislators raised the state sales tax in an effort to bridge the looming budget gap. Edwards has said he plans to call a second special session this summer to raise additional revenue.
Check back with The Advocate for more details.