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After Yale rejection, Rick Scott asks more Connecticut companies to move to Florida

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Like most people who apply, Gov. Rick Scott was rejected by Yale when he suggested the Ivy League university founded in 1701 pull up stakes and move to Florida.

Yale said they were flattered “to be recognized as an outstanding asset,” but said no thanks.

That hasn’t stopped Scott from continuing to court Connecticut companies, however.

On Wednesday the governor doubled down, citing an Orlando Sentinel report listing a slate of CT-based firms that could benefit financially from a move, and issued an appeal for firms in the Yankee north to liberate themselves from higher taxes and freezing winters by coming on down to the Sunshine State.

“As the Orlando Sentinel has pointed out, there are many businesses and organizations currently in Connecticut that already have a great relationship with our state – including ESPN, Lego, and the WNBA – that could flourish by moving their operations here,” said Scott in a statement.

“We would proudly welcome these job creators to our state, and I stand ready to meet with any organization interested in growing their business in our low tax environment,” Scott said.

Scott’s unusual Yale memo came after the Connecticut Legislature approved a bill to levy a seven percent tax on investment profits from the university’s $25.6 billion endowment.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, was none too pleased by Scott’s reaching out.

“Has Governor Scott sent out a press release claiming to recruit companies from North Carolina after its Republican Governor just signed a discriminatory, anti-gay law,” said spokesman Devon Puglia in a statement. “Or is this more about partisan politics than anything else?

Notably, however, Malloy also shot down the Legislature’s plan to tax the school’s endowment.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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