Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

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Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn

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Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez

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Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

Promises we’ve rated recently

Veto pork-barrel spending

The Promise:


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


Update: Rick Scott vetoed a lot of pork projects

Pay competitive market-based salaries for corrections staff

The Promise:


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


Update: Scott made headway on prison salaries promise

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: Students enrolled in $10k STEM degrees during Scott's tenure

More funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs

The Promise:

"During my second term I will: Continue to expand funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs."

Update: After cuts, Florida added more dollars for springs

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: Small gains but no repeal in Rick Scott's Obamacare promise

Reform PSC for more energy production

The Promise:

"Reform PSC (Public Services Commission) processes to allow reasonable energy production and expansion."


Update: Traditional power saw gains during Scott's tenure

Invest in the Florida Innovation Fund

The Promise:

"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."


Update: Scott made some progress toward business fund promise

Reform Citizens Insurance to consistently operate on actuarially sound rates

The Promise:

"Rick Scott will work with the Florida Legislature" to "ensure that Citizens consistently operates on actuarially sound rates."


Update: Scott made progress toward Citizens insurance promise

Reform Medicaid with a federal waiver

The Promise:

"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."


Update: Gov. Rick Scott kept his promise on Medicaid waivers

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: Scott never issued springs restoration executive order

Make Florida No. 1 in higher education affordability

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott’s vision for the public, higher education system focuses on the following goals that will give Florida a competitive edge over other states: Be No. 1 in university and college affordability."


Update: Scott ends second term close to affordability goal on tuition

Be No. 1 in nation for student performance in reading and math

The Promise:

"Be No. 1 in the nation for student performance by expecting all of our students to perform at or above grade level in math and reading."


Update: Florida is not No. 1 in reading, math, despite Scott promise

Spend $25 billion on roads over five years to ease congestion

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will further expand Florida's road network by supporting the investment of nearly $25 billion in the next five years to ease congestion by adding new lanes, enhancing exisiting roadways and making safety improvements."



Update: Scott kept promise on Florida road investment

Be No. 1 in high school graduation rates

The Promise:

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


Update: Scott broke promise for Florida to rise to No. 1 in high school graduation rates

Grow Florida's economy by $74B in GDP, $41B in personal income, and $1B in tax revenues

The Promise:

"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."


Update: Scott met promise to grow Florida's economy