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.
Browse the Scott-O-Meter:
Promises we’ve rated recently
Protect doctors working for the state Department of Health from litigation
"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
Preserve Florida Resident Access Grants
"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
Enact tort reform
"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
Explore expansion of domestic drilling in a safe, environmentally sound way
"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
Ban embryonic stem cell research
"Will place a permanent ban on embryonic stem cell research."
Update October 2nd, 2013:
Rick Scott fails to pursue stem cell research ban
Reform Citizens Insurance to consistently operate on actuarially sound rates
"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'
Create over 700,000 jobs
"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
Lower electricity costs for business
"Address Florida's relatively expensive electricity costs."
Update June 5th, 2013:
Data points to a drop for businesses but hard to quantify total dollars
Adopt the Daubert standard on scientific knowledge
"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
Return Florida's state and local spending to at least the 2004 level
"Return Florida's state and local expenditure burden to at least the 2004 level before spending ballooned out of control."
Update May 31st, 2013:
If you account for inflation, he's met the goal
Bring state employee health insurance costs in line with the U.S. average
"Bring our health insurance costs and mandates in line with the U.S. average."
Update May 23rd, 2013:
House isn't going along with Scott on health care goal
Institute Accountability Budgeting for each state agency
"Rick will institute Accountability Budgeting. He will make each state agency set annual goals for every dollar they spend, then measure their performance against those goals and hold them accountable for their outcomes."
Update May 20th, 2013:
Legislature has shown no interest in accountability budgeting
Eliminate Florida's corporate income tax over 7 years
"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 May 14th, 2013:
Scott fails to get Legislature on board with exempting more businesses from corporate income tax
Use inmate labor to grow prison food
Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."
Update May 9th, 2013:
Legislature provided small increase for edible crops in 2012-13
Reform Medicaid with a federal waiver
"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 March 26th, 2013:
Feds and Florida working on Medicaid waiver agreement
We want to hear your suggestions and comments. Email the Florida Truth-O-Meter with feedback and with claims you'd like to see checked. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.