Rick Scott to headline American for Prosperity’s summit in Orlando

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Gov. Rick Scott will be the keynote speaker for a summit on “economic freedom” hosted by an organization founded by billionaires David and Charles Koch, reports Aaron Deslatte of the Orlando Sentinel.

Scott will address the Americans for Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” Labor Day weekend. AFP is a libertarian free-market group created and funded by the conservative Koch brothers, who lead the nation’s second-largest private company.

The summit will be held Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Universal Orlando theme park.

“Since taking office two years ago, (Scott) has fought hard for the principles of economic freedom,” said AFP Foundation President Tim Phillips said in a statement announcing the governor’s appearance, “leading to impressive job creation, better education, and a balanced budget all without raising taxes.”

The AFP had recently criticized Scott and GOP lawmakers over attempts to increase tax-incentives to businesses, even though those plans were eventually scaled back.  The governor only received $50 million in incentives of the $230 million originally requested.

Organizers consider this one of the most prestigious events of the year. Many of the country’s prominent conservative thought leaders are scheduled to join Scott at the AFP event, including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov.Bobby Jindal, as well as TV pundit Michelle Malkin. 

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