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

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 April 24th, 2018: With new Hope scholarship, Scott continues to expand school choice

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 April 23rd, 2018: Gov. Rick Scott fails to repeal Florida's commercial lease tax

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 April 10th, 2018: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

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


Update April 5th, 2018: Rick Scott signs bill strengthening school safety into law

Propose an amendment to curb property tax increases

The Promise:

"During a second term Gov.Scott will propose amending Florida’s constitution to prevent families’ property taxes from increasing year after year if the value of their homes remains the same or goes down."


Update March 20th, 2018: Scott breaks promise for property tax amendment

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

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


Update February 26th, 2018: After Parkland shooting, Scott proposes massive increase in school security money

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