Rick Scott recently announced that he wants $100 million set aside for marketing tourism in Florida's budget, taxpayer money that would go to Visit Florida, whose partners and sponsors include Busch Gardens, Sea World, Universal Orlando and Disney World.
Scott wants to take "It's Your Money" as he refers to it, and hand it over to these companies in the promotion of tourism. He says he's doing it for "Florida families" in the name of his similarly named " Florida Families First Budget" as he attempts to phrase it in this statement on his website:
“Last year, we secured more than $63 million in our ‘Florida Families First Budget,’ for VISIT FLORIDA and we made record gains in tourism. We are on track for another record year, and we hope to build on this incredible momentum and make the Sunshine State the number one travel destination in the world. To do that, we are going to recommend an historic $100 million in our ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget’ this year. Because every 85 visitors to our state supports one Florida job, a growing tourism industry equates to more jobs for Florida families and a stronger economy.”
Think about that for a minute. How many of those taxpayers forced to make this sacrifice can actually afford a ticket to any of these Florida attractions, much less plan a vacation around one? Florida is also "growing" as a home to low wage workers. Forget about vacation time. Many who can't afford one are employed by companies who are big donors to Rick Scott, and those donations pay off when they're allowed to force workers to work even when they're sick, and only then for minimum wage. A very low minimum wage.