Promises about State Budget on Scott-O-Meter
"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 in order to adequately review budget goals and give the public time to participate in the budget process."
"Return Florida's state and local expenditure burden to at least the 2004 level before spending ballooned out of control."
"Refuse temporary funding from the federal government that creates permanent spending in Florida."
"Balance the budget — without gimmicks, one-time revenues, borrowed funds, temporary funds, or tax increases."
Align "state employee pension contributions with other states" to save almost $1.4 billion.
Pay "competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff."
Use "inmate labor to grow prison food."
Competitively bid prison health-care contracts.
"Operational efficiencies: A 5% reduction in the state's workforce will save almost $300 million."
"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 what the legislators call 'turkeys' — costly and unnecessary pork-barrel projects."
Will make "a 35 percent reduction in workers' compensation costs."
"Bring our health insurance costs and mandates in line with the U.S. average."
He said he will forgo the $130,273 salary if elected governor.
"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."
"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."
"Make unemployment benefits more affordable."