Deep dive into debt
"In the four years before I became governor, we increased state debt $5.2 billion. We've paid it down $2 billion."
A bad time to govern
Under Charlie Crist, Florida lost 825,000 jobs and the unemployment rate increased from 3.5 percent to 11.1 percent.
Changes to the test were in the works before Rick Scott
After hearing "the frustrations parents and teachers have with the FCAT," next year "we begin improving our testing system."
Hard to say if $1 billion is all fraud
PIP fraud is "$1 billion in fraud."
Doesn't make up for last year's cuts
"My recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education."
A "surplus" isn't uncommon
"I started with a $3.7 billion budget deficit. Now we are projecting a $1.2 billion surplus."
Investment return could make a difference
"A recent study revealed that, across the nation, taxes would have to be increased by an average of $1,300 a year just to support the currently unsustainable public employee pension systems. In Florida, that dollar figure translates to $813 a year."
By another measure, Florida actually lost jobs
"In May we generated more jobs than all the rest of the country combined: 28,000 jobs in May for the state, 54,000 for the entire country."
Studies are imperfect, reach different conclusions
"Studies show that people that are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare."
Yes, but there's also a high-tech contract with FSU
Bing Energy said it decided to move to Florida because of Gov. Rick Scott’s "plan to eliminate the corporate tax."
Pension has problems, like most others, and needs change
Says Florida's pension plan faces the same long-term funding problems as Social Security.
Just part of Amtrak's service in that area
"It is projected that 3.07 million people will use the train annually. Keep in mind that Amtrak's Acela train in Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore only had 3.2 million riders in 2010."
Jefferson was only talking about King George
Regulations are an "endemic weakness in government -- so old that Thomas Jefferson listed this problem among his charges against the King of England in the Declaration of Independence."
An outsider who's sure loved politics for the last decade
Jennifer Carroll's an "outsider."
Tomato pickers do the jobs few want
"We have over 700,000 illegal immigrants in the state. They're costing us billions of dollars and they're taking legal residents' jobs."
He glosses over details
"If you read the Arizona (immigration) law, what it says is if you are stopped for violating the law and they have a suspicion that you're illegal, they can ask you if you're legal."
Yes in one study; not in two others
Florida ranks "45th out of 50 states'' for its regulatory climate for business.
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