State of Florida Archives: on Corporations


Rick Scott: Eliminate thousands of regulations on job creators

Two years ago, we met together facing crippling debt, record-high unemployment and a downward spiral of job losses. Today, because of the tireless work of the men and women in this room, our businesses are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, and our unemployment rate is nearly down to the national average; and we aren't stopping there. It's working.

Two years ago, we knew we had been called here to make the difficult choices to help Florida families get back to work. Together, we faced these challenges head on. We cut taxes... We eliminated thousands of regulations on job creators... We paid down state debt for two years in a row... We invested in priorities--like education... And, now our economy is on the rebound. It's working.

Because we made the hard choices over the last two years, we are able to make the smart choices to keep our economy growing this year.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature Mar 5, 2013

Rick Scott: Remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment

Our goal is economic growth and job creation. This year, we have two priorities to keep our economy growing: first--remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, and second--invest in our teachers by providing them a well-deserved pay raise.

As long as even one Florida family needs a job, our work is not done. That is why we are committed to removing the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. Florida is one of only a few states with this tax, and we lag behind the nation in per capita manufacturing jobs. We need to level the playing field to compete for manufacturing jobs. Every manufacturing job supports two to three other jobs in our state.

This year, we are also proposing that we continue to roll back the business tax by exempting 2,000 more small businesses from having to pay it. If we are successful this year, we will have removed the business tax from 70% of businesses since taking office. I am committed to getting rid of this tax entirely.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature Mar 5, 2013

Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers

Rubio blamed the Obama administration for creating an atmosphere of uncertainty in which companies can't commit to hiring new workers. Businesses "are afraid of what next year is going to mean in terms of taxes, regulation & health-care," Rubio said. He ruled out any compromise that doesn't extend all the Bush-era tax cuts enacted in 2001 & 2003, which lowered rates on wages & investments for all Americans, and which are due to expire on Dec. 31.

Obama favors extending the tax cuts only for households earning less than $250,000, about 98% of all taxpayers. Rubio argued that anything short of extending them for all Americans, poor and wealthy alike, would amount to a tax increase at a particularly vulnerable time. "There's a difference between compromise & cutting a deal," Rubio said. "Compromise is a good thing. Cutting deals in Washington, there's too much of that."

Meek defended Obama's economic strategy. Crist straddled the positions of his rivals, supporting a compromise on the tax cuts

Source: Business Week coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

Rick Scott: Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years

Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years: Eliminating the business income tax will have a minimal effect on state revenue while making Florida globally competitive. Florida's business income tax makes Florida less competitive versus other states .
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, rickscottforflorida.com Aug 19, 2010

Jeff Greene: Sold $21M of condos to CA dealer now facing charges

Greene said to Meek, "I'm going to fight to end the culture of corruption and bribery in Washington, which I believe you're a part of." The billionaire real estate investor in turn was on the defensive about a real estate deal detailed in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald in which Greene made about $21 million selling condo units for a buyer now facing criminal charges after every unit defaulted and lenders lost millions.

"I was a victim," Greene said, dismissing Meek's suggestion that he "enabled fraud" by signing hundreds of blank deeds that were filled out by straw buyers. "It's very different when you sell a building to a guy and he turns out to be a crook."

Greene dismissed Meek's accusation in the California condo deal with Delbert McConville. "I sold a building through a broker. They found this guy McConville. I've never met him," Greene said. "Everything I signed was done with my attorneys and the escrow officers, my loan agents. I didn't do anything crooked."

Source: 2010 Florida Dem. Primary Debate, Miami Herald & P.B.Post Aug 10, 2010

Marco Rubio: Work across the aisle to make America more business-friendly

Q: You say you will stand up to the Obama agenda and that Gov. Crist won't. You say your favorite senator is Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who opposes the Obama agenda right down the line. Doesn't that, in effect, mean that if you're elected it's more partisan gridlock?

RUBIO: Well, partisan gridlock is not something I'm in favor of. But the problem is it depends on what you're standing for. I'd be more than happy to work across the aisle to do things like lower the capital gains tax, lower the corporate tax, flatten the tax rate, lower all of these other taxes that make America increasingly an unfriendly place to do business. And if the Obama administration tomorrow announces that that's their agenda, or the leadership in Congress does, I'll be thrilled to work with them. But what they're attempting to do is to fundamentally redefine the role of government in America, and we can't cooperate with that, because once we cross a certain point, we can't turn back.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2010 Florida primary Senate debate Mar 28, 2010

John McCain: Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here

Q: The presidentís economic stimulus plan would send out 116 million checks to American homes, but without permanent tax cuts that you sought. Will you vote for this compromise?

A: Yes, I will and Iím disappointed, because I think itís very important that we make the Bush tax cuts permanent. I voted to make them permanent twice already. If people and businesses and families in America are now planning their 2010 budget, thereís a great deal of uncertainty. And if we donít make the tax cuts permanent, then they will experience what amounts to a tax increase. But I also would make sure that not only the tax cuts are made permanent, but we cut corporate income taxes. That would keep businesses here, and it would keep jobs here and create jobs here. We pay the highest corporate income tax of any nation in the world except for Japan. Iím glad to see that weíre going to allow people to expense new investments in equipment, so they can write them off in a very short period of time.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Mitt Romney: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff

Q: The presidentís economic stimulus plan would send out 116 million checks to American homes. The plan is somewhat contrary to yours, providing lots of short-term stimulus to individuals. Your plan focuses as much on the long term as the short term. Are you disappointed that your recipe for the economy was not embraced by the president? And will you now embrace his plan?

A: Well, thereís a great deal that is effective in his plan. First, heís getting money back to consumers. That makes sense to me I just think we need to go further. We go to corporate support and helping corporations have the incentive to buy more capital equipment. That he also does. I do it more aggressively by writing off a larger amount of capital expenditures--getting companies to buy more stuff so that other companies will hire people. If you want to turn an economy around, the key thing is to grow jobs. Itís not just to get checks in the hands of consumers; itís consumers & companies buying things that create jobs.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Marco Rubio: Loser pays, to discourage frivolous lawsuits

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

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