Gov. Rick Scott on the issues, then and now


If re-elected, will Scott return to the Tea Party roots that helped him get elected in 2010?

Or has Scott, a political neophyte when he took office, moved more to the political center, as his recent months of governing suggest?

Gov. Rick Scott on the issues, then and now

Scott promised to boost jobs, he also vowed to crack down on illegal immigrants, cut taxes, curb spending and reduce the reach of government.

His first budget, which included a 10 percent cut in per-student school funding.

Governor Scotts state budget that has grown from $69 billion to $77 billion.

He promised to back an expansion of Medicaid, although he hasn’t done much to make it happen.

Tea Party blues

Scott the Republican candidates Tea Party, a conservative of the GOP that espouses limited government and lower taxes, tapping some of his vast personal wealth.

Scott, promising to bring an “Arizona-style” immigration law to Florida if elected.

Scott pursued a different agenda once he was elected.

“He’s definitely changed from what he campaigned on, the state budget getting bigger, businesses getting more breaks, and he hasn’t done a whole lot for Florida.

He promised 700,000 jobs in seven years on top of normal economic growth, a goal he is falling well short of.

Scott has also promised to eliminate Florida’s corporate income tax.

He has increased the exemption for many smaller Florida businesses that no longer have to pay the tax.

But the bulk of the $2-billion-a-year tax remains.

Scott is promising $1 billion in tax cuts in his re-election campaign.

Given recent revenue projections by state economists, that seems doubtful when coupled with Scott’s promises to fund schools at record levels and increase environmental programs by $1 billion.

Scott’s spending promises “fictional,” including his pledge to increase environmental spending after eliminating the state’s top growth management agency and cutting funding to water management districts in his first term.

Whatever he claims he wants to spend, which is just obviously fictional, is never going to solve the pollution he has caused in how he has treated the water management districts and other ventures, he really views Florida’s natural gifts as a commodity.

With changes in the law vesting more appointment power in the governor, Scott has used that authority to almost exclusively select more conservative judges to trial and appellate courts.

The governor now has essentially complete control over the commissions that nominate judges, eliminating the role of The Florida Bar to counterbalance that authority.

The biggest prize is the Florida Supreme Court, the next governor will definitely get to appoint one new justice and perhaps as many as four, depending on the interpretation of three more appointments that would occur at the end of the governor’s next term in January 2019.


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