Florida Governor Scott visited a manufacturing plant in Sanford Friday to push for a tax break for companies that manufacture goods in the state of Florida.
"We've got to make it easier for companies to succeed here," he said.
Touring Hernon Manufacturing, a maker of sealants and adhesives, the governor says removing the tax on new equipment purchases would go a long way towards creating jobs.
"If you're a manufacturing company and you're thinking about starting up, and you know Florida has a tax and another state doesn't, you might pick that state. Or if you are a company and you have plants in two or three different states, you would say, 'Gosh, if I buy the equipment in Florida, cost me more money, costs me more taxes, so I'll put it somewhere else.'"
The governor is well known for his promise of 7 years, 700,000 jobs. It's a promise Mr. Scott plans to keep.
"We're headed in the right direction. The real estate market has come back. Tourism is up. Manufacturing jobs are up. Exports are up, so we are headed in the right direction."
The state says in two years 188,400 jobs have been created, getting Gov. Scott pretty close, but just short, of the goal so far.
Hernon's owner say they would have saved between $15,000 and $20,000 during the expansion they made last year, if the tax were not in effect. They are holding up the next round of equipment purchases in the hope the governor's plan can pass the Legislature.