Florida governor looks to poach businesses from Pennsylvania

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is planning a trip to Philadelphia in February, and he’s hoping to lure some Pennsylvania businesses back south with him.

His pitch so far has focused on differences in the states’ existing business tax climates, as well as policies and business mandates from Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf that Scott said would be “heavy blows” to families in the Keystone State.

“I am leading a delegation to Philadelphia to send a message to all Pennsylvania job creators and families that we want you to keep more of the money you make because we understand it’s your money,” Scott said in a written statement announcing the visit.

Scott pointed to Pennsylvania’s flat 3.07 percent income tax and said Wolf “wants to raise it even higher.” The incoming governor has proposed raising the income tax and creating an exemption for low-income people, essentially to institute the type of progressive tax rate prohibited by the state constitution.

Wolf, a Democratic businessman and former state revenue secretary, has also proposed instituting mandated sick leave for some employers, a point of concern within the business community. He also favors a severance tax on the natural gas industry, which currently pays a local impact fee put in place under outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett.

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