Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott


Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn


Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez


Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

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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 January 25th, 2016: 2015 cell phone tax cut adds up for Scott

Eliminate Florida's corporate income tax over 7 years

The Promise:

"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 January 6th, 2016: With Legislature wary of bigger exemptions, Scott proposes $770 million tax cut for businesses

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 January 6th, 2016: Scott, lawmakers again ask Legislature to make tax's suspension permanent

Enact tougher penalties for violating environmental regulations

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose legislation to increase penalties to ensure fines match the value of Florida’s natural resources, and also provide agencies with the flexibility to analyze the past actions of those seeking environmental permits in Florida."

Update January 5th, 2016: Bill would only increase environmental penalties for tiny fraction of businesses

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 January 5th, 2016: Scott proposes increase for digital learning

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 January 5th, 2016: With session coming, Scott proposes $5 million for STEM

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 January 4th, 2016: Scott, lawmakers want to alter sales tax on commercial rents

Create over 700,000 jobs

The Promise:

"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 December 29th, 2015: Scott claims more private sector jobs, but net growth still below 1 million

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 December 28th, 2015: Scott's latest budget proposes funding boost

Double funding for programs to expand Florida businesses

The Promise:

"Currently, through Enterprise Florida, the state offers businesses the opportunity to grow into new markets through export counseling, grants to small businesses to participate in export trade missions, and offers international trade leads to Florida companies. Gov. Scott proposes doubling funding from the current year budget for these programs to help more small business expand internationally."

Update December 8th, 2015: Scott hasn't asked to increase export services budget next year

Continue and strengthen the Mayor’s Mentors & More program

The Promise:

"I will ... continue and strengthen the Mayor’s Mentors & More program (now under the St. Pete’s Promise umbrella)."

Update September 24th, 2015: City adds new position, while volunteers and contributions are up

Implement StPeteStat

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will implement StPeteStat, based on the CitiStat model of statistics-driven accountability standards. Building on the city’s current Scorecard measures, StPeteStat will consist of regular meetings, during which my staff and I will meet with department heads to examine and analyze past performance, future performance objectives, and overall performance strategies."

Update September 24th, 2015: City Council approves funding for a StPeteStat coordinator

Work to have service-learning implemented in all of St. Petersburg's public schools

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will work to have service-learning implemented in all of St. Petersburg's public schools."

Update September 24th, 2015: Mini-grants, St. Pete High pilot program move goals forward

Fund youth summer employment programs

The Promise:

Q: How would you make city government more efficient? Name specific areas where you would propose reducing spending and areas where you’d protect or enhance spending. A: "I also am very interested in funding for youth summer employment programs."

Update July 17th, 2015: Kriseman wants more money for summer jobs program

Establish accountability standards for infrastructure upkeep and repair

The Promise:

"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will establish Accountability Standards for each of the city’s departments and their functions, from filling potholes to clearing storm water ditches. The city will know what the city’s pressing problems are and how long it should take to fix them. The mayor and city employees will stand accountable to city residents if the timetables established for resolving these issues are not complied with. As a first step in this process, Bob Buckhorn will complete a full city-wide Infrastructure Assessment to identify our neighborhoods’ needs and begin to address them."

Update June 30th, 2015: City launches performance metric website