Friday, March 27th, 2015

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

Require drug screening for welfare recipients

The Promise:

"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."


Update March 10th, 2015: Scott abandons promise to drug test welfare recipients

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 February 26th, 2015: State senator asks for a cut, even though Scott doesn't

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 February 26th, 2015: Scott, lawmakers want to make three-year exemption permanent

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 February 26th, 2015: Rick Scott proposes $10,000 STEM degrees

Double investment in digital learning initiatives

The Promise:

"Governor Scott will propose to double down on Florida's investment in digital learning initiatives for school districts from $40 million to $80 million."


Update February 26th, 2015: Rick Scott proposes doubling money for digital learning

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 February 25th, 2015: Rick Scott's budget proposal includes hike in per pupil spending

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 February 24th, 2015: Scott suspends one test as Department of Education releases report for Legislature

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

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


Update February 23rd, 2015: Rick Scott proposes increase in school securing funding

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 February 16th, 2015: State investigates tests ahead of Florida Standards Assessment

More funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs

The Promise:

"During my second term I will: Continue to expand funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs."


Update February 6th, 2015: Scott recommends $100 million for springs, new water sources

Reduce the state's communications services sales tax

The Promise:

"During a second term, Gov. Scott will reduce the state Communications Services Sales Tax to save Floridians more than $120 million per year."


Update February 5th, 2015: Scott asks Legislature to slash tax by $470.9 million

Grow Florida's economy by $74B in GDP, $41B in personal income, and $1B in tax revenues

The Promise:

"In total, Florida's economy will gain an additional 700,000 jobs, $74 billion in state GDP, $41 billion in higher personal income, $1 billion in total state tax revenues as a direct result of the increased economic growth."


Update September 4th, 2014: Indicators close to goals, but Scott can't take all the credit

Expand use of nuclear power and alternative fuels

The Promise:

"As governor, Rick will work toward energy independence from foreign oil with the expansion of nuclear power, the use of alternative fuels and ensure that we can drill for oil safely.”


Update September 4th, 2014: Scott approved nuclear power plants, but not much focus on other alternatives

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 September 4th, 2014: Scott made exception to his fight for Obamacare repeal by supporting Medicaid expansion

Reform Medicaid with a federal waiver

The Promise:


"Reforming health care for Medicaid recipients (through a waiver) and state employees to consumer directed care will lower the cost of health care, increase choice of health plans, and save taxpayers $1.8 billion."

Update September 3rd, 2014: Florida got Medicaid waiver but we will have to wait to assess savings