Gov. Rick Scott visited the Port in Miami as part of his victory tour about the Legislature approving the sales tax break for manufacturing.
He omitted some details: the tax break is only for three years and could face a court challenge because it takes away $30 million from cities and counties.
But Scott and other local elected officials -- including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, County Commission chair Rebeca Sosa and state representatives Eddy Gonzalez (R) and David Richardson (D) -- were on hand to celebrate.
We could sum up the presser -- held in front of dozens of Port workers and some high-heeled folks sporting flourescent orange work vests for pics -- in two words: "yay jobs!"
"This elimination of the sales tax is going to help create more jobs because we will have more manufacturing and our manufactuers export," Scott said. "We are a big exporting state -- the fourth biggest in the country. And our exports are growing -- up 18% last year."
Here is some of the press gaggle Q and A after:
Q: Are you going to be approving the budget before you go to Chile [May 20] and are you talking to legislators who are trying to convince you not to veto their projects?
A: I'm reviewing the budget and I haven't decided when to finish that
Q: Are you talking to legislators about whether you are going to veto their projects or not? Have they been trying to lobby you not to?
A: I think every day somebody lobbies me
Q: You said something about Allen West being a great pick [for Lt. Gov]. Can you elaborate on that?
A: There are a lot of great Floridians. We have 19.2 million great Floridians. There are a lot of individuals that would be great lieutenant governors. So I am starting the process now.
Q: So he is one of them?
A: He did a great job.
Q: Is it true that you asked Weatherford to take up the Dolphins bill?
A: I put out some guidelines back before the session started. The Dolphins made all those guidelines. I think it was going to help us get Super Bowls. So I was disappointed when that didn't happen.
Q: Did you ask Weatherford...
Press person interrupts to say "We are heading out to West Palm."
On that question about getting lobbied by legislators not to veto their pet projects, Rep. Gonzalez joked with Scott at the event: "we hope you don't veto a lot of our things." Gonzalez said in an interview that he talked directly with Scott near the end of the session about Miami-Dade projects he wants to stay in the budget and that since then has been sending information to Scott's staff. Among the projects Gonzalez is promoting for Miami-Dade: Bay of Pigs museum, hot meals for elderly and water drainage improvements.