Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

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Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn

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Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez

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Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

Promises we’ve rated recently

Require drug screening for welfare recipients

The Promise:

"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."


Update March 10th, 2015: Scott abandons promise to drug test welfare recipients

Phase out the state sales tax on commercial leases

The Promise:

"Demand the Florida Legislature phase out the 6 percent sales tax on commercial leases."


Update February 26th, 2015: State senator asks for a cut, even though Scott doesn't

Eliminate the state's manufacturing tax

The Promise:

"Manufacturing has the largest return on investment of all industries in Florida. That is why Gov. Scott eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment until 2017, saving companies more than $140 million annually. This savings will allow the 17,500 manufacturing companies in Florida, that employ more than 300,000 Floridians, to expand, invest, and flourish during the next gout years. Permanently eliminating this sales tax will ensure manufacturing is a solid pillar to Florida’s economy and help to protect us from any future economic troubles."


Update February 26th, 2015: Scott, lawmakers want to make three-year exemption permanent

Create a program for $10,000 STEM degrees

The Promise:

"In the next four years, Gov. Scott is committed to securing $10 million to create a $10,000 degree competitive STEM grant program for our state colleges."


Update February 26th, 2015: Rick Scott proposes $10,000 STEM degrees

Double investment in digital learning initiatives

The Promise:

"Governor Scott will propose to double down on Florida's investment in digital learning initiatives for school districts from $40 million to $80 million."


Update February 26th, 2015: Rick Scott proposes doubling money for digital learning

Raise per-pupil education spending to an all-time high

The Promise:

"His prioritization of education will continue in his second term by championing an all-time high per pupil funding level of $7,176."


Update February 25th, 2015: Rick Scott's budget proposal includes hike in per pupil spending

Investigate every standardized test

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will direct the Commissioner of Education to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of every standardized test that school districts are requiring their students to take."


Update February 24th, 2015: Scott suspends one test as Department of Education releases report for Legislature

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose to increase school security by $10 million to over $74 million."


Update February 23rd, 2015: Rick Scott proposes increase in school securing funding

Investigate every standardized test

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will direct the Commissioner of Education to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of every standardized test that school districts are requiring their students to take."


Update February 16th, 2015: State investigates tests ahead of Florida Standards Assessment

More funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs

The Promise:

"During my second term I will: Continue to expand funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs."


Update February 6th, 2015: Scott recommends $100 million for springs, new water sources

Reduce the state's communications services sales tax

The Promise:

"During a second term, Gov. Scott will reduce the state Communications Services Sales Tax to save Floridians more than $120 million per year."


Update February 5th, 2015: Scott asks Legislature to slash tax by $470.9 million

Protect St. Petersburg taxpayers in Rays negotiations

The Promise:

"Throughout the negotiating process I will ensure that our taxpayers are protected. While a sense of regionalism is important, especially in tough economic times, my primary duty will always be to the residents of St. Petersburg."


Update December 22nd, 2014: City council votes down deal requiring Rays to pay through 2026

Require Rays to pay a fee to look elsewhere

The Promise:

"If the Rays simply do not want to be here any longer — then they should be given the opportunity to pay an exploratory fee in order to look at other locations, provided those locations are in the Tampa Bay area."


Update December 22nd, 2014: Rejected deal didn't have an exploratory fee

Make curbside recycling mandatory

The Promise:

Q: Name three policies pushed by Mayor Bill Foster during his administration that you support and would advocate continuing. Name three others that you would want to change. A: "I will continue to support the efforts at curbside recycling but go beyond the half-measures and make it mandatory."


Update December 8th, 2014: City approves plan to start mandatory recycling by summer 2015

Treat Codes Compliance Assistance Department as a budget priority

The Promise:

"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 November 25th, 2014: City Council approves mayor’s budget for three more officers