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."
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."
More stringent standards on work requirements for welfare
Impose "more stringent standards on non-compliance with work requirements" for welfare.
Reduce the state's workforce by 5 percent
"Operational efficiencies: A 5% reduction in the state's workforce will save almost $300 million."
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."
Eliminate overlapping economic development agencies
"We will eliminate overlapping economic development agencies and have one group that will assist local economic development agencies and serve as our statewide recruiting agency."
Invest in the Florida Innovation Fund
"I will invest in the state Innovation Fund that brought Scripps and Burnham research labs to Florida, developing high-tech clusters with high-paying jobs."
Include universities in state economic development grants
"Partner with universities... State economic development grants will always include partnerships with universities to develop research strengths into unique clusters."
Grow Florida's economy by $74 billion in state GDP, $41 billion in higher personal income, and $1 billion in total state tax revenues
"In total, Florida's economy will gain an additional 700,000 jobs, $74 billion in state GDP, $41 billion in higher personal income, $1 billion in total state tax revenues as a direct result of the increased economic growth."
Require all Florida employers to use E-Verify system
"Rick will require all Florida employers to use the free E-Verify system to ensure that their workers are legal."
Pay teachers based on performance (merit pay)
"We need to support our hard working, dedicated teachers who understand the importance of getting good results. I believe we should hold people accountable for those results and when they produce, they should be rewarded. In business, we judge that by the quality of work people produce. In the same way, a 'merit pay' plan would reward high-performing teachers and hold school administrators accountable, while under-performing teachers would be challenged to improve."
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