PolitiFact Florida | Tracking politicians' promises
Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott
Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman
Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez
Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn
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Support university-private partnerships
"I support the State University System partnering with government and private industry to pursue advanced applications, production and research in sustainable energy endeavor. Therefore we will pursue additional programs such as the FHTCC throughout the state." *(Florida High Technology Corridor Council)
Update August 27th, 2014:
State funding for a university project, but no new action on corridor council-type programs
Create over 700,000 jobs
"The 7-step economic program — over a 7-year period — will have a positive economic impact and create over 700,000 jobs for the state of Florida."
Update August 22nd, 2014:
700,000 jobs promise plods along, despite numbers debate
Bring state employee health insurance costs in line with the U.S. average
"Bring our health insurance costs and mandates in line with the U.S. average."
Update August 18th, 2014:
Legislature still refuses to raise worker contributions
Use inmate labor to grow prison food
Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."
Update August 14th, 2014:
Edible crops program grew under Scott
Include universities in state economic development grants
"Partner with universities... State economic development grants will always include partnerships with universities to develop research strengths into unique clusters."
Update August 11th, 2014:
States getting some money, but not every time
Reduce property tax by another 1 mill over next 7 years
"Phase in another 1 mill reduction (to the school property tax) over the next 7 years."
Update July 21st, 2014:
Required local effort's rate barely budges in four years
Eliminate Florida's corporate income tax over 7 years
"Eliminate Florida's corporate income tax over seven years. Fully phasing out the corporate income tax over time will have a large positive benefit for Florida's economy while having a minimal impact on state revenues. Total state tax revenues will benefit from the dynamic economic growth created by the corporate income-tax phaseout."
Update July 16th, 2014:
Legislature balks at exemption increase for second straight year
No layoffs for police; no closed fire stations
Gimenez "pledged to maintain services and not lay off police officers" or close fire stations.
Update July 11th, 2014:
Gimenez's budget could lead to police officer layoffs
Will fight immigration amnesty
"Rick is opposed to amnesty and will fight amnesty for lawbreakers."
Update July 2nd, 2014:
Scott opposed amnesty but supported in-state tuition
Reduce prisoner costs by $1 billion
"Paying competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff, utilizing inmate labor to grow prison food, and competitively bidding health care contracts resulting in public prison costs that are as low as private prisons, prisoner costs would be reduced by $1 billion."
Update July 1st, 2014:
Nowhere near $1 billion cut from prison budget
Will oppose and veto any tax increases
"I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Florida that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."
Update June 18th, 2014:
With Legislature's help, Scott keeps his promise on taxes
Attract new investment and create high-paying quality jobs
"My top priority is job creation. My plan is to attract new investment and create high-paying, quality jobs.
Update June 13th, 2014:
We take a look at Carlos Gimenez's jobs goal
Fund the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program
"As mayor, I will encourage effective and influential neighborhood associations by funding the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program."
Update June 12th, 2014:
New mayor want to revive program funding, offers mini-grants
Treat Codes Compliance Assistance Department as a budget priority
"As mayor, I will ... support staff and treating our Codes Compliance Assistance Department as a budget priority. As we continue to emerge from the economic downturn and related budget cuts, we must look to restore funding to the areas that were hit the hardest, and that includes Codes."
Update June 12th, 2014:
Kriseman want to expand number of inspectors in 2015
Expedite demolition of condemned homes
"We must expedite the demolition of condemned homes in order to reduce blight and make our neighborhoods safer."
Update June 5th, 2014:
Revamped agency not making blight of the problem