Rick Scott No Longer Promises Floridians 700,000 New Jobs

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Rick Scott's pledge that he'd create 700,000 new jobs for Floridians in addition to expected job growth was perhaps one of the least controversial themes of his election campaign. Yeah, well, sorry -- he's flip-flopped on that. He's no longer promising 700,000 jobs in addition to the jobs the state was expected to add. He's just promising 700,000 jobs. 

Scott wasn't vague about the promise during an October 2010 debate in which claimed, "[My] plan is on top of what normal growth would be." The plan was to add those additional 700,000 jobs within seven years. 

When a reporter asked Scott yesterday to clarify "the initial promise was to create 700,000 on top of projected growth," Scott merely replied no. His administration appears to have been moving away from the original promise of 700,000 additional jobs for some time. 

See, the thing is, no matter who was elected governor, economists believed Florida would add 1 million jobs by 2017 regardless. So now Scott is claiming he's promising to add only 700,000 total jobs, 300,000 fewer than what would have occurred anyway, not 700,000 more. That's a difference of 1 million jobs. 

Politifact understands Scott's original campaign promise like this:
He would introduce "accountability budgeting." He would reduce government spending. He would cut regulation. He would focus on job growth and retention. He would invest in world-class universities. He would shrink property taxes. He would get rid of the state's corporate income tax. Those changes would create 665,000 jobs over seven years. He rounded up, and the 700,000 jobs promise was born.
Politifact has now rated Scott's evolving stance on his promise as a complete "flip-flop."

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Hustlin84
Hustlin84

Why is anyone surprised.  Is he really that different from any of the other Republican politicians?  Our entire government needs to be reorganized and purged of people like this.  We need average, everyday citizens to seek our interest.  These politicians are the reason we are in such a mess.  It takes millions of dollars to campaign; meaning, the people who would do the best for us all will never see an official political office.  We're in BARNEY... Barney Rubble.... Trouble!

Fernie B
Fernie B

He is too busy trying to kill superman.

julescator
julescator

So much for CEOs knowing how to run a state and a country.  I guess we can put that lie to bed.  Romney will do no better in the White House.  CEOs cheat.  They change the rules and steal from the people who work for them.   Scott found that he can't steal from the people in the State of Florida and give business to his drug company. 

Amber
Amber

Rick Scott No Longer Promises Floridians 700,000 New Jobs...@redears:disqus my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here, CashHuge. com

Ned
Ned

What a totally disgusting man !!

Fernie B
Fernie B

dude, A CEOs job is to optimize a company, the last person you want as a job creator is a CEO. You probably want A HR or Social Worker as a job creator. The top 1% doesnt give a rat ass about you or me. They just want that share price to go up by one cent so that they can sell all the stock, watch the market crumble, then buy it again at a 40 percent discount. And they go on and on repeating this cycle every 5-10 years. The People who think SS is a  scheme havent been paying attention to their 401k balances. Between Fees and the losses.... you are lucky to keep 95 percent of your money. Add inflation to the mix and you might end up with only 75 of your balance

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