TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Since 2011,
Gov. Rick Scott has led nine overseas trade missions designed to bring jobs and new economic opportunities to Florida.
Travel expenses for Scott and his wife were covered through private companies. However,
In its financial
Dr. Sean Snaith, the director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting, reviewed the disclosure from Enterprise Florida.
"Without the details, it's hard to know how those figures were calculated," said
The Paris Airshow is considered one of the leading aerospace and aviation trade shows in the world, with more than 350,000 visitors. At this year's airshow, Embraer aircraft holding, a Brazilian aerospace company with its
"I think a lot of these trade shows are like that. They sometimes bear fruit, they sometimes don't," said Snaith. "There is often a lag, and so it is hard to get the cause and effect and really link the action with a reaction that could occur a year or two years further from then."
Dan Krassner is the executive director of the independent government watchdog group Integrity Florida.
"Enterprise Florida give companies subsidies, sometimes cash up front, sometimes cash after they bring jobs, but it's all based on IOU's and promises, " said Krassner.
Integrity Florida has been critical of the partnerships forged by Enterprise Florida, pointing out that while Enterprise Florida bills itself as public/private partnership, more than 80 percent of Enterprise Florida's budget comes from Florida taxpayers, including the Paris trip.