Florida and New York Compete Best State For Business

TALLAHASSEE-- In the red corner: Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

In the blue corner: The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

Florida's top financial man is throwing down with the Empire State. The CFO is blasting New York and their governor over both state's business climates. Atwater came out swinging against some New York TV spots.

The $113 million TV and radio ads hype up New York's business climate. It's an effort to draw employers back but Atwater says the ads are deceptive.

In the letter penned to Governor Cuomo - Atwater says the images can't be supported by facts, especially compared to Florida. He also mentions Florida being the second best place to do business in America compared to New York's 49th ranking.

But New York is fighting back.

A Cuomo spokesman said the CFO must be pretty bad at math if he doesn't understand that new businesses in certain New York zones won't have to pay state taxes.

The Florida chamber stood by Atwater's statements that Florida trumps New York when it comes to business.

"It's fun to go to New York once and a while to have a slice and see a show, but Florida has a lot more to offer and we got to encourage those New Yorkers to keep moving down," David Hart of the Florida Chamber of Commerce said

It's estimated that Florida will deliver another knock out blow to NY later this year, when the Sunshine State takes over as third most populated state in the country

Atwater has some supportive jobs numbers to back him up. Florida lead the country in job creation last month.


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