Thrasher goes after Associated Industries

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Sen. John Thrasher chastised the business group Associated Industries of Florida on Wednesday about what he saw as criticism of the Legislature’s efforts at job creation. Thrasher’s comments came during a Senate Regulated Industries Committee meeting about a bill that could lead to three resort casinos being built in Florida — a bill AIF has backed in television ads as a way to create jobs. Brewster Bevis, an AIF vice president, spoke to the committee and, in part, pointed to a recent Forbes Magazine story that said Miami was the worst city in the country to find a job. Bevis’ testimony appeared to touch off Thrasher, who said AIF had criticized the Legislature and was making a “big mistake.” “For you all to suggest the Florida Legislature hasn’t done its job, and we ought to be embarrassed, I’m embarrassed by that comment,” he said. Thrasher, who also was critical of the resort-casino bill, had AIF as a lobbying client before getting elected to the Senate.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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