Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: May 14, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
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For Release Monday, May 14, 1962

It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Fari\l Br

answers questions based on letters and comments from Flo --citizepU

QUESTION: Governor, one account of your recent press c ee

statements on taxation had you taking issue with Comptroller Ray

Green over the need for improving the balance of economy in Florida.

Specifically, strengthening the tax structure by making it less

dependent on the fluctuating income from tourism. Just what is your

position in this area?

GOVERNOR: Well, first of all let me say that I don't think I

took issue with Comptroller Green on anything. I think we are both

in hearty agreement on the necessity for improving the balance of

the economy in Florida and I think we are doing it. It seems to me

that the tourism promotional efforts and the industrial promotional

efforts and the very great agricultural development efforts that are

being carried forward simultaneously will do just that. It is my

position that as we expand the economic base the tax structure will

become more stable and more sound and this, I think, is completely

consistent with what the Comptroller has in mind.

QUESTION: How about this business of taxing tourists? One

inference that was drawn from the discussions of tourism and taxation

was that more taxes might be piled upon Florida's visitors. Should

visitors have to pay a special premium to enjoy Florida?

GOVERNOR: Well, they do pay a premium, of course. They pay a

7-cent gasoline tax, a cigarette tax, a liquor tax, a gambling tax

and a sales tax. Now, they pay all of these things. If they want

to go fishing, they buy a fishing license. If they want to go

hunting, they buy a hunting license. If they want to go to any

attraction, they pay for it. This is the way it ought to be. The

question is whether or not you have put such a burden on tourists as

to make Florida less attractive to them than it ought to be to draw

them here. Now, I think the evidence is that we have not. That as

a matter of fact our tax structure is eminently fair as concerns

tourists. Otherwise, we wouldn't have the tremendous growth in our

tourist industry that we are enjoying.


QUESTION: Are not all of these taxes that you mentioned also

paid by the residents of Florida?

GOVERNOR: Yes, of course they are. Now, I think to be honest

we ought to recognize that, let's say our tourist is in Florida for

two weeks, naturally he spends more time in his automobile than the

average person does. That means he pays more tax. He spends more

for his meals in restaurants and, therefore, he spends more sales

tax there. He stays in a rented room and he pays the rent tax --

the sales tax on rental that the citizen of Florida doesn't do -- and

so the tourist does pay more for the time he is here and the money he

spends than the citizen does. But he pays on a basis which, I think,

everyone will agree is a fair one.

QUESTION: Apparently, from what you say, he would not pay more

than would a Floridian who is visiting in a state with a tax structure

comparable to ours?

GOVERNOR: Exactly.

QUESTION: How about the rising costs of providing the services

that tourists need -- the things that the state and the state

government and the local governments must provide. Are these a major

factor in determining the state's budget, for example?

GOVERNOR: I think, of course, they go into it. You take in

the business of taxes on gasoline I mentioned, the tourist pays more

taxes on gasoline because he travels more. He uses more roads, too.

And because of that, it is necessary that we build more roads,

particularly in the highly developed and metropolitan tourist areas.

You can go right down the line whether it is a highway patrolman or

what the facilities are, Tourism requires that we have to have

inspectors for our restaurants and for our hotels and so on. So it

is right and fair on a basis of benefit received, as well as other

indices that the tourist pay the bills that are presently assessed

against him.

QUESTION: Do you think there could ever be found a happy medium

in taxation in a state whose economy is divided as is ours between

tourism, agriculture and industry?

GOVERNOR: I think we have a very nearly achieved it as is,


Thank you, sir.

If you have a question of general interest you would like

Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot it down on a post

card and send it to "Ask the Governor," the Governor's Office,

Tallahassee, or in care of this station which has made available

this time in the public interest. Be with us next week when again

we "Ask the Governor."