Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Promises about State Budget on Scott-O-Meter

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."

Propose biennial budgets and give the public time to participate

"Propose biennial budgets in order to adequately review budget goals and give the public time to participate in the budget process."

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."

Refuse temporary federal funds that create permanent spending

"Refuse temporary funding from the federal government that creates permanent spending in Florida."

No budget gimmicks, one-time revenues, borrowed funds, temporary funds or tax increases

"Balance the budget — without gimmicks, one-time revenues, borrowed funds, temporary funds, or tax increases."

Align state employee pension contributions with other states

Align "state employee pension contributions with other states" to save almost $1.4 billion.

Pay competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff

Pay "competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff."

Use inmate labor to grow prison food

Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."

Use competitive bids on health care contracts in prisons

Competitively bid prison health-care contracts.

Reduce the state's workforce by 5 percent

"Operational efficiencies: A 5% reduction in the state's workforce will save almost $300 million."

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."

Veto pork-barrel spending

"Veto what the legislators call 'turkeys' — costly and unnecessary pork-barrel projects."

Lower workers' compensation costs by 35 percent

Will make "a 35 percent reduction in workers' compensation costs."

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."

Will not take the $130,000 governor's salary

He said he will forgo the $130,273 salary if elected governor.

Sell the state plane

"We're going to do everything we can to drive down the budget deficit. We're going to balance the budget and one of the ways we can do it is selling the state plane."

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."

Lower unemployment costs for employers

"Make unemployment benefits more affordable."