Scott says Connecticut officials help his recruitment effort

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Florida’s governor says Connecticut officials are unintentionally helping his effort to recruit out-of-state businesses by offering up state budgets that increase taxes.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he has been actively encouraging companies from across the country to move to the Sunshine State and said it “truly helps me when a governor raises taxes.”

Scott was scheduled to arrive in Connecticut on Thursday night and meet privately with business leaders in Hartford.

Scott’s office said the governor was expected to attend a business roundtable discussion in Norwalk on Friday morning. Other meetings are anticipated before Scott returns home Friday night.

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has downplayed Scott’s visit and recent radio ads, saying all governors recruit out-of-state businesses.

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