Florida governor returns to Connecticut to lure businesses

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Florida’s governor is making a return visit to Connecticut, hoping to persuade state businesses to move to the Sunshine State.

Monday’s meeting with community and business leaders in Norwalk marks the second time Republican Rick Scott has traveled to Connecticut to lure business to Florida as part of an “economic development mission.” He held similar meetings two years ago.

As in 2015, Connecticut’s budget is currently in limbo. Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy have yet to reach an agreement on a new two-year plan that will fix a projected $5 billion deficit.

In 2015, businesses threatened to leave Connecticut if lawmakers followed through with a number of proposed tax increases. This time, Scott’s visit comes as health insurer Aetna Inc. is considering relocating its long-time headquarters from Hartford.

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