Gov. Rick Scott highlights 'Jobs for the Next Generation' in Pompano Beach

Scott wants to permanently eliminate manufacturing equipment sales taxes

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pledging to permanently eliminate manufacturing equipment sales taxes and create new incentives to encourage more science and engineering graduates.

Scott plans to highlight his "Jobs for the Next Generation" proposals during campaign stops over the next two weeks.

His first stop was Monday at Hoerbiger Corporation of America in Pompano Beach.

Florida legislators agreed to temporarily exempt state sales taxes on manufacturing equipment purchases in 2013. If re-elected, Scott wants to make permanent the exemption of more than $100 million a year.

"It's $140 million back to businesses so they can hire more people and buy more equipment," Scott said.

Scott also wants more graduates in science, technology, math and engineering fields. He is proposing incentives to state colleges that come up with low-cost degree programs in those areas.

The governor also wants stipends for teachers so they can spend time with high-tech companies during the summer.

"Florida should be the global hub for business," Scott said. "There is no reason with our ports, with our workforce, with our universities, our state colleges, with our weather, everybody wants to be here. So now we just have to do a good job."

Scott was expected to travel to Boca Raton later Monday for another campaign stop and then to Orlando on Tuesday.

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