Scott insists he has met jobs promise
Liar, Liar, pants of Fire!
Economists four years ago predicted that Florida would gain about a million jobs in seven years no matter who was governor,
300,000 more than Scott promised.
During the 2010 campaign Scott campaigned on his “7-7-7” plan,
seven steps to create 700,000 jobs over seven years!
Florida Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed Friday that he achieved a key promise from his 2010 campaign, as the state has added more than 700,000 jobs since he took office.
Except that’s not what he promised.
Scott actually said on several occasions that his policies would create 1.7 million jobs by 2018 —700,000 in addition to the 1 million jobs that state economists said would be created naturally as the state recovered from the Great Recession.
After the election, Scott’s aides backed away from that and began citing the 700,000 figure.
Scott repeated that assertion again Friday.
“Four years ago, we unveiled an ambitious plan to fix Florida’s economy and turn the state around,” Scott said in a written statement. “Our goal was to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. Today our goal was reached three years early.”
Scott made his victory declaration during a visit to a central Florida financial services company.
He announced the job figures while also announcing that the state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest it has been since May 2008.
The drop was aided by the addition of nearly 42,000 jobs last month.
That addition pushed the total number of jobs created since December 2010 to just over 700,000. Florida trailed only California in the number of jobs added in November.
“Every job impacts a family and we will keep working each day to make Florida the world’s number one destination for jobs,” Scott said.
But Democrats on Friday labeled Scott a liar, citing his past insistence that his policies would create jobs “on top” of normal growth.
“Rick Scott is starting his second term the same as his first,” said Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party.
“With lies that don’t help the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who can’t find a job because of Tallahassee Republicans who put the special interests first and middle-class families last.”
During the 2010 campaign Scott campaigned on his “7-7-7” plan — or seven steps to create 700,000 jobs over seven years.
The plan called for deep tax cuts, eliminating regulations that he said were hampering business growth and steep cuts in government spending.
Scott insisted that plan has worked even though key parts of the plan, such as eliminating the state’s corporate income tax, have been largely ignored by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Scott did cut the state budget significantly during his first year, but the budget has begun to grow again and is now roughly $77 billion.
It was $70 billion when he took office.
Economists four years ago predicted that Florida would gain about a million jobs in seven years no matter who was governor, or 300,000 more than Scott promised.
Liar, Liar, pants of Fire!