Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott famously spent some time the past eight years calling businesses in Ohio, Michigan and other snow belt states during heavy storms.
The pitch was simple: Ditch the snow and relocate your corporate headquarters to Florida, where the winters are pleasant — and there’s no state income tax.
That HQ trick, minus the snow and gubernatorial phone call, has now been played on Florida. For starters, the state’s multiple bids to land the ballyhooed Amazon HQ2 project fizzled. Only Miami made the final 20. Other proposals, from Tampa, Orlando and north Manatee County, didn’t gain any traction with the online retail giant.