(HT: Jo Ingles at WOSU/NRP Statehouse Correspondent)

Yesterday, I was testifying in front of the House Finance and Appropriation Committee about how these programs don’t work and how three of the top five States in unemployment have these entities.

One of those entities is Florida—the State John Kasich LOVED to say Ohio should model itself off of during the campaign.

Little did I know that at that same time, newly elected Governor Rick Scott of Florida was declaring publicly that he was largely ending Florida’s experimentation with public-private economic development:

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed restoring Florida’s Commerce Department to streamline economic development efforts.

The new Republican governor announced his proposal Thursday at meeting of Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership that assumed the department’s economic development role when it was dissolved in 1996.

It will need legislative approval but drew immediate support from business interests.

On Wednesday, Scott apparently quietly fired the head of Enterprise Florida before he announced he was reviving the Florida Department of Commerce to do the State’s streamlined economic development efforts.

The business community in Florida is applauding the decision:

Associated Industries of Florida president and CEO Barney Bishop said attracting new businesses and jobs requires a different approach than what Florida is doing now.

"By establishing a new Department of Commerce to orchestrate all of Florida’s business development activities, we can better coordinate efforts and harness collective strengths of each entity responsible for facilitating employment opportunities," Bishop said in a statement.

"Of particular interest is the governor’s recognition that speed in review and decision-making represents an opportunity for improving Florida’s competitive position against other states," said Florida Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Mark Wilson.

The article later notes that both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida had been major supporters of abolishing the Commerce Department and replace it with Enterprise Florida.  Although Scott says Enterprise Florida will continue to exist, it’s clearly a vastly reduced form that currently, and it’s entirely uncertain what exactly it will be doing now.

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  • Rgtmwlly

    Well Damn, then. I sure hope we just scrap the whole plan and go back to the way things were. It was all working so well until that dang Kasich and Kvamme came along!

  • Anonymous

    You apparently can’t read. I apologize. I didn’t realize before I was picking on someone that is illiterate. Read my testimony. I support the efforts to reform the Ohio Department of Development to focus on job creation, retention, and recruitment.

  • Packing4FL

    I doubt the Ohio GOP will learn from the mistakes of others. The ODOD does need reformed, but I think it could be done in a more effective manner than the JobsOhio scheme. Makes FL look even better to me!

  • Why does the Ohio GOP “leadership” come off dumber than the crooks in the ‘Home Alone’ series?

    We already knew we’d be f*cked for getting more jobs here if Fuhrer Kasich was elected, but the failure of the model Kasich wants us to follow proves just how truly f*cked we are.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Now you know him and his people will pay noattention to this —
    Kasichs reply will be — MY people are smarter than Floridas– we will not make the same mistakes — I can hear it now echoing in the halls of the 30th floor Riffe building we are paying for

  • If you think that a decision either to privatize economic development or place it under the purview of a government agency is for the benefit of the people of a state, you are EXTREMELY naive. That decision is independent of what works best. The fact is government cannot create new employment – it either gives tax dollars to a corporation (shifting private employment from a less favored to a more favored company) or uses tax dollars to hire a government worker (shifting employment from private to public). In either case, the sole concern of public officials is for their personal or partisan political future.

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