Governor Rick Scott has announced a recently commissioned poll to try to show support for his failing economic incentive programs. The term “economic incentives” is misleading, economists refer to “economic incentive programs” as “corporate welfare”. Corporate Welfare is the policy of granting special privileges to selected hand-picked companies, which gives them an advantage over their competitors and creates an uneven playing field.
“THEY’RE INHERENTLY UNFAIR. SOME OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD BUILDING THEIR BUSINESSES AND YOU’RE DANGLING CARROTS FOR NEW BUSINESSES WHO’LL GRAB THE GOLDEN RING AT THE LAST MINUTE WHILE YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE PAYING THE BILL”.
Professor Shawn Kantor, an economist at Florida State University
Many of these subsidized businesses never create the jobs they promised and many have gone bankrupt. Here is a headline from the Bradenton Herald on January 13:
State economist says 70 percent of Florida’s incentive programs are losing money
Despite the documented failures of picking winners and losers, Governor Scott wants to increase this huge waste of taxpayer dollars.
The good news is that House Speaker Richard Corcoran has pledged to protect the taxpayers' money by not funding these failed programs.
To revive the failed incentive programs, Governor Scott paid a Washington DC polling company to conduct this poll. The survey used a sample size of 1,000 likely Florida voters.
If we learned anything from the 2016 Presidential election, it is that polling companies often are wrong and we should not make major policy decisions on tricky techniques used by polling companies.
Polling companies often utilize the “push-poll” method. The push poll is a technique where the polling company attempts to manipulate or alter prospective voters' views by asking a question in a way that leads to an answer the polling company wants. I am sure the voters contacted in this poll were not told of the numerous studies showing how many companies went out of business or failed to produce the jobs promised and taxpayer dollars lost.
We need Governor Scott to hear from real, hard-working Floridians who are tired of the multi-million dollar companies with a team of lobbyist getting sweet-heart deals at the expense of our local businesses. the Florida legislature should look to minimize government influence in the marketplace, by reducing taxes, regulations, business and professional fees and permits for all businesses, big and small.
1. Call and E-mail Governor Rick Scott and tell him to stop trying to use taxpayers money for his failed corporate welfare policy.
Phone (850) 488-7146 / E-mail: GovernorRick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com
2. Call and E-mail Speaker Richard Corcoran and let him know that you support his actions in leading the charge to stop corporate welfare in the Florida.
Phone: (850) 717-5037 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Contact your State House Representative and State Senator and let them know that you want to see an end to corporate welfare in the Sunshine State. CLICK HERE to find your State House Representative and CLICK HERE to find your State Senator and let them know where you stand.