CHICAGO (CBS) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott was visiting Chicago on Wednesday, trying to lure businesses from Illinois to the Sunshine State.
As he stood along the Magnificent Mile, wearing a top coat and scarf to shield himself against the morning’s 40-degree temperatures, the Republican governor said warmer weather isn’t the only big difference between Florida and Illinois.
“In contrast to what’s happening here in Chicago and Illinois, we are continuing to reduce our taxes. We’ve reduced taxes since I got elected seven years ago 75 times. We’ve cut 25 percent of our state debt. We’ve cut over $7 billion in taxes,” he said. “Just the opposite here. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raising your taxes, and your state legislature’s raised the taxes, so it’s making it more difficult for companies to do business.”
Scott’s visit comes just two days after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner launched his re-election campaign. Scott said he believes Rauner has tried very hard to grow the Illinois economy.
“While he’s trying to keep the taxes low here, and the regulation low, his legislature is hurting the Illinois economy,” he said. “Your taxes are too high. You don’t cut regulation enough.”
Florida’s governor said his state’s revenues have grown 30 percent in the past seven years, while cutting $7.5 billion in taxes.
“It works, and you guys are doing just the opposite,” he said.
Scott echoed comments from fellow Republican governors in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri, after they cut a TV ad for Rauner, crediting job growth in their states to higher taxes approved by Illinois Democrats.
A spokesperson for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago has had the most corporate relocations in the U.S. for four years in a row.