Americans for Prosperity fires back at Enterprise Florida

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Today, Americans for Prosperity’s Florida State Director Slade O’Brien had the following comments in response to a letter that Enterprise Florida’s CEO Gray Swoope sent to Integrity Florida and multiple media outlets, in which he criticizes AFP’s free market and limited government advocacy. 

“Mr. Swoope’s apparent disdain for free market and limited government principles is unfortunate. Yes, AFP-Florida has publicly advocated for pension reform that will protect the interests of taxpayers and retirees, as well as elimination of the corporate income tax, a move that would show all businesses around the country and world that Florida wants them to come set-up shop and expand here.  These are also positions supported by Governor Rick Scott, the Chairman of Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors.” 

“AFP also disagrees with Mr. Swoope’s position that taxpayer funded handouts are one of the most powerful way to attract businesses to the state.  Florida sells itself and can be made even more attractive by establishing a low, neutral tax system and reducing regulatory burdens. We don’t believe that government should use taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers in business, and we aren’t alone. Seventy-four percent of voters polled agree that government should not decide which businesses succeed or fail.” 

“Instead of attacking the messenger, why not address the issues brought up in the report?  Why has Enterprise Florida essentially failed in its mission?  The legislature owes it to Florida’s taxpayers to scrutinize the organization and policies at Enterprise Florida and whether these policies are good for our state.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.