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.

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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 January 25th, 2016: 2015 cell phone tax cut adds up for Scott

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 January 6th, 2016: With Legislature wary of bigger exemptions, Scott proposes $770 million tax cut for businesses

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 January 6th, 2016: Scott, lawmakers again ask Legislature to make tax's suspension permanent

Enact tougher penalties for violating environmental regulations

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose legislation to increase penalties to ensure fines match the value of Florida’s natural resources, and also provide agencies with the flexibility to analyze the past actions of those seeking environmental permits in Florida."


Update January 5th, 2016: Bill would only increase environmental penalties for tiny fraction of businesses

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 January 5th, 2016: Scott proposes increase for digital learning

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 January 5th, 2016: With session coming, Scott proposes $5 million for STEM

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 January 4th, 2016: Scott, lawmakers want to alter sales tax on commercial rents

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 29th, 2015: Scott claims more private sector jobs, but net growth still below 1 million

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 December 28th, 2015: Scott's latest budget proposes funding boost

Double funding for programs to expand Florida businesses

The Promise:

"Currently, through Enterprise Florida, the state offers businesses the opportunity to grow into new markets through export counseling, grants to small businesses to participate in export trade missions, and offers international trade leads to Florida companies. Gov. Scott proposes doubling funding from the current year budget for these programs to help more small business expand internationally."


Update December 8th, 2015: Scott hasn't asked to increase export services budget next year

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 June 25th, 2015: Supreme Court rules in favor of subsidies, a blow to Rick Scott's promise to fight law

Issue an executive order for springs improvement

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will issue an executive order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."


Update April 24th, 2015: Scott has not issued executive order for springs improvement

Be No. 1 in high school graduation rates

The Promise:

"Be No. 1 in nation for high school graduation rates."


Update April 16th, 2015: Getting to No. 1 for the high school graduation rate won't happen by itself

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 April 16th, 2015: Scott signs testing bill advocates say is a good first step

Enact tougher penalties for violating environmental regulations

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose legislation to increase penalties to ensure fines match the value of Florida’s natural resources, and also provide agencies with the flexibility to analyze the past actions of those seeking environmental permits in Florida."


Update April 10th, 2015: Fracking bill passes panel, but only addresses tiny slice of companies regulated by DEP