PolitiFact Florida | Tracking politicians' promises

Scott-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

Krise-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

Carlos-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez

Buck-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn

Promises we’ve rated recently

Promise Kept

Utilize red-light cameras at most dangerous intersections for safety, not revenue

The Promise:

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

>> More

Promise Kept

Make curbside recycling mandatory

The Promise:

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

>> More

Promise Kept

Put grant-writing and regulatory specialists in local economic development offices

The Promise:

"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

>> More

Promise Kept

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 January 22nd, 2014:

Housing initiative to build new homes in Sulphur Springs

>> More

Promise Kept

Lower workers' compensation costs by 35 percent

The Promise:

Will make "a 35 percent reduction in workers' compensation costs."


Update January 20th, 2014:

Scott fails to lowers workers comp by promised amount

>> More

Promise Kept

Tighten high-speed pursuit policy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will tighten our high-speed pursuit policy."


Update January 9th, 2014:

St. Petersburg police announce change in pursuit policy

>> More

Promise Kept

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 January 8th, 2014:

Some movement at Life Sciences South Florida, but not much otherwise

>> More

Promise Kept

Make most county records available online

The Promise:


"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

>> More

Promise Kept

Require drug screening for welfare recipients

The Promise:

"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."


Update December 31st, 2013:

Court strikes down drug tests for TANF

>> More

Promise Kept

Hire an administrator to oversee Midtown issues

The Promise:

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

Promise Kept

More stringent standards on work requirements for welfare

The Promise:

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

>> More

Promise Kept

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 9th, 2013:

7 steps, 7 years, still a lot more jobs to go

>> More

Promise Kept

Protect doctors working for the state Department of Health from litigation

The Promise:

"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

>> More

Promise Kept

Preserve Florida Resident Access Grants

The Promise:

"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

>> More

Promise Kept

Enact tort reform

The Promise:

"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

>> More

Advertisement
How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments. Email the Florida Truth-O-Meter with feedback and with claims you'd like to see checked. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Do you know your lawmaker?
Browse The Florida Truth-O-Meter:
Subscribe: