Skip to comments.The Whole Record: Rick Scott’s Successful Pro-Growth Policies in Florida
Posted on 03/20/2013 5:12:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
A stunning announcement out of Florida this week. The state that was exhibit A for economic disaster two years ago is now experiencing a tremendous rebound thanks to Gov. Rick Scotts pro-growth policies. Washington should take a page no several pages out of Scotts book.
Since December 2010, one month before Scott took office, the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped from 11.1 percent to 7.8 percent that rate is lower than the national average. After two years of Scotts policies, 282,000 private sector jobs have been created; in the previous four years the state had lost 825,000 jobs.
The past two years have set records for tourism, Floridas biggest industry. In 2012, 89.3 million people visited Florida; up 2.3 percent from the previous record-setting year.
Conservatives remember the awkward embrace former Gov. Charlie Crist gave to President Obama in accepting the ill-advised stimulus package. Floridas economy only got worse, the jobs kept disappearing, and no one knows where the money went.
When Scott took over he was handed an economy in the tank, large debts and budget deficits a complete mess. Then he went to work.
· Reforming state government: He oversaw a reduction in over 2300 needless regulations and 12,000 government positions.
· Cutting taxes: He cut property taxes by more than $210 million and eliminated the state for 63 percent of the businesses that paid it when he was elected. He is doubling down in the current legislative session by proposing to eliminate the tax for all manufacturing companies which would mean that 70 percent of all Florida businesses would no longer pay the tax. He intends to make that 100 percent before hes done.
· Personal income has also risen by 6.6 percent in Florida since Scott took office, going against a national trend where the family dollars are being stretched razor thin.
Conservatives are also right to raise his decision to expand Medicaid as a point of contention. Candidly, I wish he and several other Republican governors wouldve not gone this route. At least Gov. Scott, unlike the other GOP governors, was able to exact waivers from the Obama Administration that will allow him to privatize Medicaid.
When looking at the whole record, however, Scott has now made Florida exhibit A for how pro-growth policies work. In addition, he has remained true to conservative principles on other key issues.
· On the sanctity of life, he signed bills that will: prohibit the use of state funding for abortions, require an ultrasound for all patients before an abortion procedure, and strengthen parental notification laws.
· On the Second Amendment, he signed a bill protecting gun owners with concealed weapons licenses from silly prosecutions under the open carry law if their concealed firearm becomes accidentally visible; he also supported Floridas Stand Your Ground law in the face of the hyperbole generated by the Trayvon Martin case.
· On education, he signed to end the much abused practice of teacher tenure and instituted merit pay for teachers. It has worked, as Florida teachers and students were recently ranked 6th nationally. With the savings in education over the first two years of his administration, Scott is now able to give teachers a $2500 pay raise and still have a balanced budget.
When you contrast Florida with Washington, there is no contest. A growing Florida economy vs. a struggling national economy. More jobs being created vs. no jobs being created. A balanced budget for a streamlined, reformed government focused on providing effective services to the people vs. an ever-growing monstrous federal government with record deficits and debts.
The whole record is impressive and Rick Scott deserves a lot of credit for taking the heat for tough decisions, staying the course, and implementing pro-growth policies that are bearing fruit.
He’s been an out-of-sight-out-of-mind governor, which is exactly how it should be! Liberal co-workers complain that he’s “plotting behind closed doors,” and I counter with, “Perhaps he’s doing the people’s will and staying out of the limelight?”
I am, however, concerned with recent flip-flops on Obamacare exchanges and his involvement, if any, with Jennifer Carroll’s conflicts of interest. I’m beginning to think he’s pandering for votes in the 2014 gubernatorial elections. I hope I’m wrong.
The man’s not been a prince in his past lives. Plenty of people have complained about his involvement in scandal while at HCA, but I would go so far as to say that any man or woman who ascends to a seat of power in politics has come from other less-than-auspicious seats of power. Holding and wielding power are not easy, and you NEVER make friends while doing it. The most you can hope for is a constitutional constructionist in a political office and a fair but principled executive. I believe Scott has both of those traits, and he’s a Hell of a lot better than Charlie Crist ever was or will be.
Pray for Florida.
scott is not polling well
Scott’s not polling well according to the media.
Scott also holds the distinction of being the first skinhead to live in the Governor’s Mansion.
Think I'll get a response?
Want to hear a funny story?
A couple of years ago, there was a TEA Party rally at the gazebo on mainstreet here in Venice, and I dragged the family along to attend. The event was pretty dry, but I noted Jeremy hanging out in back of the crowd of what was probably about 200 people.
So I walked up to him, and when he turned to face me, I said, "Hello Jeremy". He was visibly surprised to have been recognized. I don't know where he figured that someone in the audience would not know his face, since it's always printed with his op-eds.
I pointed out the size of the crowd to him, and he agreed. Then I looked him straight in the eye and said simply, "Treat us kindly, Jeremy." Then I walked away.
He had a few pages of notes that I saw at that time. I looked in the SHT the next day for his article -- nothing. And it stayed nothing. He simply didn't report the event at all.
I guess that's kindness of a sort... $:-)
That's a good story of meeting him in Venice, and I'm really surprised he didn't use the event to bash the TEA Party. He is consistent, though, and is about as biased a reporter as there is. My wife knows Rita Ferrandino from the gym, and she and Jeremy are, I'm told, very good friends. Doesn't surprise me in the least. His treatment of K. Harris was just horrible, and I really dislike him. Would like to meet him though, if for no other reason than to tell him what I think of him....and to ask why he never responds to my emails. :^)