Scott-O-Meter: Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that Rick Scott made during the 2010 campaign 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 at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

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Promises we’ve rated recently

Bring state employee health insurance costs in line with the U.S. average

The Promise:

"Bring our health insurance costs and mandates in line with the U.S. average."


Update August 18th, 2014:

Legislature still refuses to raise worker contributions

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Use inmate labor to grow prison food

The Promise:

Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."


Update August 14th, 2014:

Edible crops program grew under Scott

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Include universities in state economic development grants

The Promise:

"Partner with universities... State economic development grants will always include partnerships with universities to develop research strengths into unique clusters."


Update August 11th, 2014:

States getting some money, but not every time

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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