Of course, election-year politics being election-year politics, Scott hasn't addressed how two of his recent pushes have come at-odds with each other.
While the governor wants Florida to boost its tourism marketing spending by 60%, much of how the state attracts visitors comes in the form of local marketing dollars. And those come from bed taxes.
Except the governor also wants local counties to use more bed tax dollars on spring training stadium subsidies. A new law last year ensures local subsidy dollars are matched with state subsidy dollars.
So everytime a local county spends more money on stadiums, its spending less on tourism marketing (not to mention necessary beach renourishment, the other major recipient of bed tax dollars).
Oh, and on top of that, a new bill moving through the legislature could encourage the luxuries of new stadium complexes to explode, since state funding could be limited to just projects that cost upwards of $100 million.
UPDATE: a proposed new Astros/Nationals stadium costs...whattayaknow? $100 million!There's a lot of important questions that need to be asked of the legislature and governor...but if you had any hopes of actually getting answers...well...
Small sampling of Gov Scott interview "answers":http://t.co/qAASbzKAVRhttp://t.co/3cWpG7X5Z5http://t.co/T0dLgDIO78http://t.co/sLsnDJnuaA
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