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After Governor Rick Scott pushed for and convinced the legislature to end the sales tax on manufacturing machinery equipment, it should come as no surprise that the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) is backing Scott’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Scott joined members of MAF Monday in Pensacola to announce the endorsement.

“Governor Scott’s work to successfully eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment was a game changer for our industry and a great win for all of Florida,” said Al Stimac, MAF President. “Because of Governor Scott’s efforts, the manufacturing industry is responsible for more than 378,100 jobs across the state, and we are growing more year after year. We also appreciate the Governor’s focus on workforce development, and we are excited to build on this focus through our Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program. MAF is proud to offer our support for Governor Scott because we need leaders like him in Washington that will keep Florida one of most competitive states in the nation for manufacturing companies to invest, expand and succeed. We need more doers in Washington who will actually fight for our industry and the future of Florida. That is Governor Scott, and that is why we are proud to endorse him for Florida’s next U.S. Senator.”

Eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing equipment collectively saved Florida companies $73 million a year.

“Over the past seven and a half years, we’ve worked hard to permanently repeal the manufacturing sales tax, cut burdensome regulations and make important investments in workforce development so businesses can grow and Floridians can be prepared for new job opportunities,” said Governor Scott. “In Florida, we know that keeping more money in the hands of hardworking families and job creators is the best way to ensure long-term economic growth. It is time to bring that way of thinking to Washington and as U.S. Senator, I will fight to require a supermajority vote of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law, so job creators like our manufacturers can continue to grow. I was proud to accept the endorsement of MAF today, and I look forward to continuing to work together to cut taxes and support job creators across Florida’s growing manufacturing industry.”

Gov. Scott faces incumbent Senator Bill Nelson in the November general election.