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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Utilize red-light cameras at most dangerous intersections for safety, not revenue
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 utilize red light cameras at the most dangerous intersections for the purposes of public safety, not revenue."
Update March 25th, 2014:
Kriseman cites budgetary concerns as a reason to end the program
Make curbside recycling mandatory
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 February 26th, 2014:
City plans new recycling services
Put grant-writing and regulatory specialists in local economic development offices
"I will ensure these offices (local economic development offices) have the right resources and trained specialists so they can assist their local businesses obtain state and federal grants, and to comply with state and local regulatory processes in the least costly manner."
Update February 10th, 2014:
Grant writers and regulatory specialists in local development offices? No sign of them
Create a housing program modeled after the Challenge Fund
"The first year ... The question of affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and the rehabilitation of existing homes is a priority for a Buckhorn Administration. Together with our lending partners, our housing initiative will build a program modeled after the successful Challenge Fund. ... This program will ... include down payment assistance, reduction in origination fees, reduced interest rates, streamlined loan applications and assistance in preparing and packaging the loans."
Update January 22nd, 2014:
Housing initiative to build new homes in Sulphur Springs
Lower workers' compensation costs by 35 percent
Will make "a 35 percent reduction in workers' compensation costs."
Update January 20th, 2014:
Scott fails to lowers workers comp by promised amount
Tighten high-speed pursuit policy
"As mayor, I will tighten our high-speed pursuit policy."
Update January 9th, 2014:
St. Petersburg police announce change in pursuit policy
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 January 8th, 2014:
Some movement at Life Sciences South Florida, but not much otherwise
Make most county records available online
"One of my goals is to move Miami-Dade County government toward a paperless system of record keeping, aided by computer technology, which would make most records available online."
Update January 8th, 2014:
Gimenez adds his memos to county website
Require drug screening for welfare recipients
"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."
Update December 31st, 2013:
Court strikes down drug tests for TANF
Hire an administrator to oversee Midtown issues
Rick Kriseman said he would hire an administrator to deal with Midtown, a position that had not been filled since the 2011 firing of former deputy mayor and police chief Goliath Davis.
Update December 31st, 2013:
Kriseman hires director of urban affairs
More stringent standards on work requirements for welfare
Impose "more stringent standards on non-compliance with work requirements" for welfare.
Update December 11th, 2013:
Scott has failed to tighten work rules for welfare clients
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 December 9th, 2013:
7 steps, 7 years, still a lot more jobs to go
Protect doctors working for the state Department of Health from litigation
"Rick Scott supports extending sovereign immunity to physicians acting on behalf of the Department of Health, as already provided to those acting as agents of the Department of Corrections, and providing some measure of indemnification to those physicians who primarily treat Medicare and Medicaid patients."
Update December 6th, 2013:
Scott signs bills that extend protection to certain doctors
Preserve Florida Resident Access Grants
"Since almost 50 percent of the recipients of FRAG (Florida Resident Access Grants) are the first in their families to attend college, I am committed to preserving how important this program is in creating access to success in Florida."
Update December 5th, 2013:
College student grants preserved
Enact tort reform
"We're going to do tort reform. We're going to make sure that these lawyers that support my opponent just can't go about doing fishing expeditions against legitimate businesses."
Update December 4th, 2013:
PIP reform passed but battles remain