Gov. Rick Scott Announces NFIB Endorsement in St. Pete

PETERSBURG, Fla.– Today, Governor Rick Scott joined small business leaders at Dairy Mix, Inc. in St. Pete to announce the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) endorsement of Governor Scott’s campaign for U.S. Senate. NFIB is made of nearly 10,000 small and independent business owners in Florida, and members in attendance recognized Governor Scott for his dedication to cutting taxes, reducing burdensome regulations, and making it easier for businesses to succeed and create new jobs for families across the state. While Governor Scott has worked to make Florida the best state in the nation to do business, including cutting more than $10 billion in taxes, Bill Nelson has failed to fight for Florida job creators, including voting to raise taxes 349 times.



Good morning. I am Juanita Duggan. I’m the President of NFIB, and we’re proud to be the voice of small business and we’re very proud of our members who are here today, particularly Ed, who in the 70-year history of this company, has been a member of NFIB for 58 years. Thank you so much.

Every election year, we tend to say, ‘this is the most important election ever.’ But, certainly, this election is the most important at least since Ronald Reagan, in my opinion. In June, small business owners had posted the sixth highest level of optimism in the 45-year history of our economic research.

Since Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, small businesses have been thriving – they have been increasing wages, they have been creating jobs and they have been expanding. And that is why this election is so important.

Florida’s senior Senator did not vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In fact, Senator Nelson has voted against small business 100 percent of the time in the 105th Congress, and he voted against us 83 percent of the time in the this session of Congress.

So in contrast, the candidate I’m standing next to today cut business rent tax – saving $100 million every year. He’s cut taxes for machinery, communication services and auto registrations – all of which are crucial to Florida’s small businesses.

The results are in.

Since the end of 2010, more than 1.5 million jobs have been created in Florida. The unemployment rate is now at a historic low of 3.8%. Compare the backgrounds, and it is not hard to see which candidate running for U.S. Senate will stand up for small businesses.

But we have a lot of work to do. The next senator could make the difference between whether or not the small business tax cuts are permanent or they disappear. We’ve already put one Supreme Court Justice on the bench that interprets the Constitution the way it should be, and one more is up for consideration. I think we know how Senator Nelon would vote. And in the next Congress there could be yet another vacancy on the Supreme Court. The next senator’s vote on that nominee will be crucial. 

It is for these reasons that I am here today, representing hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the country and here in Florida, to endorse the next senator from Florida. The NFIB Fed PAC proudly endorses Governor Rick Scott!