Scott-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

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PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that Rick Scott made during the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Scott-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Scott-O-Meter page for details on our ratings.)

The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

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 August 10th, 2017: Scott delivered on promise to study standardized tests

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 July 31st, 2017: Scott's promise to fight for Obamacare repeal stalls

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose to increase school security by $10 million to over $74 million."


Update June 15th, 2017: Gov. Rick Scott's effort to increase school security money falls short

Expand school options for parents

The Promise:


"I want to offer parents a menu of options for their children, including but not limited to charter schools, private schools, homeschooling and virtual schools. I want to create an educational program that will allow parents to get creative in how to meet the distinctive needs of their children."

Update June 15th, 2017: Gov. Rick Scott signs charter-school friendly bill

Be No. 1 in nation for student performance in reading and math

The Promise:

"Be No. 1 in the nation for student performance by expecting all of our students to perform at or above grade level in math and reading."


Update April 20th, 2017: Florida far from Gov. Rick's promise to lead nation in reading, math

Create a $2 million state park improvement grant to win a fourth national gold medal

The Promise:

"By creating a $2 million dollar capital improvement grant program to partner with our friends of parks organizations we can foster a sense of community needed to continue the success of our state park system. With the help of the communities that our parks serve, Florida's state park system will win a fourth gold medal."


Update April 4th, 2017: Legislature didn't fund Scott's parks grant

Require drug screening for welfare recipients

The Promise:

"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."


Update March 14th, 2017: Florida bill would drug test some applicants for welfare

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 March 7th, 2017: 2016 marks another year of job growth, but Scott’s promise still has ways to go

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 March 7th, 2017: Scott meets with Trump about Obamacare repeal

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 June 6th, 2016: Legislature not interested in Gov. Rick Scott's STEM degrees

Be in the Top 10 and Top 25 ranked public universities

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott’s vision for the public, higher education system focuses on the following goals that will give Florida a competitive edge over other states: Achieve the first top 10 research public university and a second ranked public university in the top 25."


Update May 23rd, 2016: Rick Scott aims to improve UF and FSU rankings

Make Florida No. 1 in higher education affordability

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott’s vision for the public, higher education system focuses on the following goals that will give Florida a competitive edge over other states: Be No. 1 in university and college affordability."


Update May 23rd, 2016: Rick Scott wants Florida to have lowest public university tuition in nation

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 March 28th, 2016: Gov. Rick Scott breaks promise to enact tougher environmental penalties

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 March 28th, 2016: Legislature brings spending up to Scott's desired level

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 March 28th, 2016: Manufacturing equipment sales tax suspension made permanent