PolitiFact Florida | Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

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Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

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Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez

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Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn

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Promise Kept

Reduce property tax by another 1 mill over next 7 years

The Promise:

"Phase in another 1 mill reduction (to the school property tax) over the next 7 years."


Update July 21st, 2014:

Required local effort's rate barely budges in four years

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Promise Kept

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 July 16th, 2014:

Legislature balks at exemption increase for second straight year

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Promise Kept

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 July 11th, 2014:

Gimenez's budget could lead to police officer layoffs

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Promise Kept

Will fight immigration amnesty

The Promise:


"Rick is opposed to amnesty and will fight amnesty for lawbreakers."


Update July 2nd, 2014:

Scott opposed amnesty but supported in-state tuition

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Promise Kept

Reduce prisoner costs by $1 billion

The Promise:

"Paying competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff, utilizing inmate labor to grow prison food, and competitively bidding health care contracts resulting in public prison costs that are as low as private prisons, prisoner costs would be reduced by $1 billion."


Update July 1st, 2014:

Nowhere near $1 billion cut from prison budget

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Promise Kept

Will oppose and veto any tax increases

The Promise:

"I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Florida that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."


Update June 18th, 2014:

With Legislature's help, Scott keeps his promise on taxes

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Promise Kept

Attract new investment and create high-paying quality jobs

The Promise:


"My top priority is job creation. My plan is to attract new investment and create high-paying, quality jobs.


Update June 13th, 2014:

We take a look at Carlos Gimenez's jobs goal

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Promise Kept

Fund the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will encourage effective and influential neighborhood associations by funding the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program."


Update June 12th, 2014:

New mayor want to revive program funding, offers mini-grants

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Promise Kept

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 June 12th, 2014:

Kriseman want to expand number of inspectors in 2015

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Promise Kept

Expedite demolition of condemned homes

The Promise:

"We must expedite the demolition of condemned homes in order to reduce blight and make our neighborhoods safer."


Update June 5th, 2014:

Revamped agency not making blight of the problem

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Promise Kept

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 June 3rd, 2014:

Minor changes now, complete redesign later

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Promise Kept

Support referendum for Green Light Pinellas and route into downtown

The Promise:

Q: Pinellas voters are expected to vote in November 2014 on raising the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for better bus service and a light rail system? Do you support the referendum and the proposed route into downtown? A: "Yes and Yes. Light rail and other modes of public transportation are vital to our municipal and regional success and moving us into the future."


Update June 3rd, 2014:

Mayor talks about mass transit

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Promise Kept

Have new pier built by end of 2015

The Promise:

Q: Do you support or oppose the ballot question that would cancel the contract for the new Pier, and why? If voters approve the ballot question and the contract is canceled, what should the city do next? A: "My goal would be for the designs to be reviewed, narrowed down, and sent to council by September of 2014. In short, I will: Get to work on November 6th on appointing a new task force (with cooperation from the current administration). Instruct the task force to complete their work within the first three months of my administration. Ensure that we have a final design in place within the first nine months of my administration, and work with the architect to have the new pier built by the end of 2015."


Update May 15th, 2014:

Kriseman's new timeline adds two years

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Promise Kept

Have pier task force recommendations by April 2014

The Promise:

"I will ask them (an appointed committee) to submit their recommendations no later than April 2, 2014, with the goal of having a final design in place within the first nine months of my administration."


Update May 15th, 2014:

Recommendations not due for another three months

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Promise Kept

Appoint community leaders for new pier

The Promise:

"Before taking office and with the cooperation of the outgoing mayor and city council, I will appoint community leaders who are well prepared to lead a thorough but expedited process."


Update May 15th, 2014:

Kriseman names his group later than expected

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