Florida Retail Federation endorses Rick Scott for re-election

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Citing his “tremendous” record on job creation, Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election effort received a significant boost today with the endorsement of the Florida Retail Federation.

Scott earned the recommendation for “strong leadership to improve the state’s business climate and help retailers create jobs,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the FRF Board of Directors.

“Scott has a tremendous record of helping Floridians create jobs and succeed in the workplace. We enthusiastically endorse him for re-election,” says Florida Retail Federation CEO Rick McAllister. “In making this endorsement, FRF is expressing its confidence that under Governor Scott’s leadership during his second term, Florida will continue to be the premier state to do business.”

Total retail jobs grew at an annual rate of 5.5 percent in 2013, McAllister noted, making up nearly a third of the nearly 193,000 jobs created in Florida in 2013.

“Retail growth means retail jobs, and retailers are proud to help Governor Scott reach his goal of creating 700,000 jobs in seven years. It is clear that Governor Scott is the best choice for Florida. Let’s keep working together to continue our unmatched track record of economic growth and job creation,” McAllister said.

The Florida Retail Federation the leading trade association representing retailers and businesses that sell directly to consumers. Retailers provide one out of every five Florida jobs, paying more than $49 billion in wages annually and remitting more than $20 billion a year in state sales taxes. 

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