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

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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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

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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

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Explore expansion of domestic drilling in a safe, environmentally sound way

The Promise:

"Rick will fight to ensure than any future offshore drilling does not negatively impact Florida's beaches. As we explore the expansion of domestic drilling in the U.S., we must ensure that we have sound policies in place that ensure the companies drilling are doing so in an environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards."


Update October 2nd, 2013:

Rick Scott's oil drilling talk has come up dry

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Ban embryonic stem cell research

The Promise:

"Will place a permanent ban on embryonic stem cell research."


Update October 2nd, 2013:

Rick Scott fails to pursue stem cell research ban

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Reform Citizens Insurance to consistently operate on actuarially sound rates

The Promise:

"Rick Scott will work with the Florida Legislature" to "ensure that Citizens consistently operates on actuarially sound rates."


Update September 27th, 2013:

After take-outs and rate hikes, Citizens rates more 'actuarially sound'

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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 August 21st, 2013:

July numbers improve, but much progress needed

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Lower electricity costs for business

The Promise:


"Address Florida's relatively expensive electricity costs."


Update June 5th, 2013:

Data points to a drop for businesses but hard to quantify total dollars

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Adopt the Daubert standard on scientific knowledge

The Promise:


"Rick Scott supports the adoption of the Daubert standard to be used in the state of Florida. Forty of fifty states have adopted the more modern Daubert standard, by which evidence based on innovative or unusual scientific knowledge may be admitted only after it has been established that the evidence is reliable and scientifically valid."


Update June 5th, 2013:

Scott signs bill for a stricter threshold for scientific evidence in court

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