Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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

Promises we’ve rated recently

Create a series of initiatives to improve parks and public spaces

The Promise:

"To facilitate the development of safe, enjoyable public parks, Bob Buckhorn will create a series of parks initiatives. These will include: The development of a Parks Advisory Board made up of residents and businesses in neighborhoods surrounding city parks to advocate for and help support those venues; A commitment to identify corridors for the development of a city-wide greenway/trail from MacDill Air Force Base to New Tampa using existing rail lines and new development partnerships; Developing parks partnerships with existing parks advocacy groups such as Parks Forever and the Mayor’s Beautification Committee; Encouraging the effective use of the city’s undeveloped open lots for the development of community open spaces such as playgrounds, pocket parks and community gardens."

Update November 21st, 2014: Tampa parks and greenways feel the love

Create a housing program modeled after the Challenge Fund

The Promise:

"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 November 21st, 2014: Not like the Challenge Fund, but other help for housing

Start an incentive program to encourage police to live in the city

The Promise:

"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will encourage public safety officers to reside in the city by implementing a residency incentive program. This program will provide police officers incentives such as low-interest loans, or down payment assistance."

Update November 21st, 2014: Just hasn't happened; no housing perks for police

Support USF research efforts

The Promise:

"As mayor, Bob will provide continued support for research sponsored by the University of South Florida through assistance with zoning, land use and regulatory changes necessary to facilitate the development and clustering of spin-off companies. This includes development of additional opportunities around the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa."

Update November 21st, 2014: Buckhorn cheerleads for moving the USF med school downtown

No layoffs for police; no closed fire stations

The Promise:

Gimenez "pledged to maintain services and not lay off police officers" or close fire stations.

Update September 8th, 2014: Miami-Dade averts police layoffs

Grow Florida's economy by $74B in GDP, $41B in personal income, and $1B in tax revenues

The Promise:

"In total, Florida's economy will gain an additional 700,000 jobs, $74 billion in state GDP, $41 billion in higher personal income, $1 billion in total state tax revenues as a direct result of the increased economic growth."

Update September 4th, 2014: Indicators close to goals, but Scott can't take all the credit

Expand use of nuclear power and alternative fuels

The Promise:

"As governor, Rick will work toward energy independence from foreign oil with the expansion of nuclear power, the use of alternative fuels and ensure that we can drill for oil safely.”

Update September 4th, 2014: Scott approved nuclear power plants, but not much focus on other alternatives

Will fight to repeal federal health care law

The Promise:

Said he would join efforts to repeal the health care law, including supporting a constitutional amendment that "prohibits the federal government from imposing President Obama's individual mandate, to protect Floridians' freedom to control their health care choices."

Update September 4th, 2014: Scott made exception to his fight for Obamacare repeal by supporting Medicaid expansion

Reform Medicaid with a federal waiver

The Promise:

"Reforming health care for Medicaid recipients (through a waiver) and state employees to consumer directed care will lower the cost of health care, increase choice of health plans, and save taxpayers $1.8 billion."

Update September 3rd, 2014: Florida got Medicaid waiver but we will have to wait to assess savings

Reduce the state's workforce by 5 percent

The Promise:

"Operational efficiencies: A 5% reduction in the state's workforce will save almost $300 million."

Update September 2nd, 2014: State workforce reduction still meets Scott’s goal

Support university-private partnerships

The Promise:

"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 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 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

The Promise:

"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

The Promise:

Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."

Update August 14th, 2014: Edible crops program grew under Scott

Include universities in state economic development grants

The Promise:

"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