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Updated: 05/18/2013 08:03:09AM

Playing politics, Scott rejects major Amazon deal

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Tim Smolarick

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Gov. Rick Scott, playing to his political base ahead of the 2014 gubernatorial election campaign, scuttled a proposal Thursday that would have brought a thousand new jobs and billions of dollars in new tax revenue to Florida. The deal, sought by online retailer Amazon, would have triggered the construction of up to two distribution warehouses in the state and triggered the company’s collection of sales taxes after a brief grace period.

“Gov. Scott does not want to raise taxes in Florida, and we are confident Amazon will invest in our state because of our low-tax, pro-business jobs climate,” the governor’s spokesman said.

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