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
Reduce property tax by another 1 mill over next 7 years
"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
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 July 16th, 2014:
Legislature balks at exemption increase for second straight year
Will fight immigration amnesty
"Rick is opposed to amnesty and will fight amnesty for lawbreakers."
Update July 2nd, 2014:
Scott opposed amnesty but supported in-state tuition
Reduce prisoner costs by $1 billion
"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
Will oppose and veto any tax increases
"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
Put grant-writing and regulatory specialists in local economic development offices
"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
Lower workers' compensation costs by 35 percent
Will make "a 35 percent reduction in workers' compensation costs."
Update January 20th, 2014:
Scott fails to lowers workers comp by promised amount
Support university-private partnerships
"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
Require drug screening for welfare recipients
"Require drug screening for (welfare) recipients."
Update December 31st, 2013:
Court strikes down drug tests for TANF
More stringent standards on work requirements for welfare
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
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 December 9th, 2013:
7 steps, 7 years, still a lot more jobs to go
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