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Florida Senator Trolls Cuomo: NY's High Taxes, Policies Reason For Exodus To Sunshine State

Florida Senator Rick Scott is taking on Gov. Andrew Cuomo by making fun of the state's taxes.
Florida Senator Rick Scott is taking on Gov. Andrew Cuomo by making fun of the state's taxes. Photo Credit: File photo

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida is taking aim at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo about Florida's lower taxes and sunny weather, and how Scott says the Empire State is contributing to his state's surge.

Now that Florida has surpassed New York as the third most populated state (behind California and Texas), the newly elected Republican senator, Florida's former governor, just flexed some muscles in an appearance on Fox News and in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

On Fox News, Scott said he wrote a thank you note to Cuomo saying: "Thank you, Governor Cuomo. Please keep raising taxes."

In his op-ed, Scott said, "I would like to tell New Yorkers on behalf of the rest of America that our hearts go out to you for your sagging luxury real-estate market. But you did this to yourself, and you can fix it yourself. If you cut taxes and make state and local government efficient, maybe you can compete with Florida again."

Apparently, Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn't amused, and when asked about the op-ed, he pointed the finger at Republicans who supported the 2017 tax-reform plan.

During an appearance on the Capitol Pressroom, Cuomo said: "President Trump and the Republican Senate and the Republican House in one of the most political, self-serving acts, passed a tax bill that penalized New York and benefitted Florida."

But Scott, countered back with "that's nonsense." He went on to say that taxes are so high in New York that even newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's mother has moved to Florida because of New York's high taxes.

For years, Cuomo has pushed for a property tax cap that limits yearly increases to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

And, he has worked to legislate middle-class income-tax cuts.

But it doesn't seem the feud will end soon with Scott on the move to bring more business and residents to his state.

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