Tuesday, May 5th, 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

Re-establish a community policing philosophy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will ... reestablish a community policing philosophy that emphasizes the relationship between the police officer and the neighborhood in an effort to promote trust and cooperation."


Update April 24th, 2015: New police chief emphasizes community policing in St. Pete

Deliver state of city address every year

The Promise:

"It’s time that St. Petersburg’s Mayor, like so many other mayors, delivers an annual State of the City address to keep the public better informed. I will do that, and I will make myself and my staff available to the press on a regular basis."


Update April 24th, 2015: Police station deal announced in mayor's first speech

Issue an executive order for springs improvement

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will issue an executive order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."


Update April 24th, 2015: Scott has not issued executive order for springs improvement

Be No. 1 in high school graduation rates

The Promise:

"Be No. 1 in nation for high school graduation rates."


Update April 16th, 2015: Getting to No. 1 for the high school graduation rate won't happen by itself

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 April 16th, 2015: Scott signs testing bill advocates say is a good first step

Make city website more friendly

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will revamp StPete.org so that it’s user-friendly, highly interactive, and reflective of our community. The budget, in particular, should be easy to view and navigate."


Update April 10th, 2015: City website springs into 2015 with dramatic makeover

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 April 10th, 2015: Fracking bill passes panel, but only addresses tiny slice of companies regulated by DEP

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