Governor Scott Pushing for Economic Development

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 4, 2012 --

In an attempt to create jobs, Governor Rick Scott spent Monday with leaders from some of the smallest and poorest counties in the state.

"We've got to continue to focus on all counties, but these rule counties have struggled."

In Gadsden County concerns were raised over the rising cost of Medicaid and a new law requiring counties to pay a higher share of the entitlement.

"The Medicaid issue we are dealing with, we've got to make sure we do it fairly."

Scott told the crowd, including State Senator Bill Montford, the Agency for Health Care Administration will work with them to ease the pain.

"The state agency will take a look at it, he is encouraging the clerks of the courts and other leaders to step forward and say 'here is a problem.' I'm convinced the governor will do what's fair."

"From here Scott headed to Jackson County where the focus shifted to education."

School funding and access to new technology are just two of the concerns voiced by these community leaders. Scott touted higher revenues than expected for 2012 and says any extra money the state collects will go to education.

"What do you want as a parent? What you want is you want your child to get a great education and part of that is how is your school doing."

In total, Scott met with leaders from six different counties. Along the way he dangled a 100 million dollar carrot. The money is set aside for economic development and any Florida community small or large that can show a 500 percent return on the investment.

Scott also told county commissioners to call him personally if they have any problems the state can handle and asked them to take an active roll in recruiting businesses to Florida.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    He is supposed to be in Suwannee County today and only those with an invitation will be allowed to join in the roundtable discussion on what local needs are as reported by the Suwannee Democrat. Those who have been in control for the past 2 generations will be the ones there to try and pad their pockets with state money. I doubt there will be positive benefits for the out of work and underpaid. Yep, definately a PR trip and re-election efforts showing. Still it won`t unring the bell for Scott.
  • by Montford... on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:34 AM
    ...you're sitting a little too close to Slick Rick. All that sliminess is sure to rub off on you...if it hasn't already.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM
    Thank God Rick Scott said NO to that high speed rail boondoggle. Obama wound up giving all that money to California for their project and they're STILL tens of billions short, which will more than likely bankrupt that state. Rick Scott has certainly earned my vote for re-election.
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on Jun 4, 2012 at 07:32 PM
    Wow! the silence is deafening. Revenue is up in the state? RS is traveling to be with the people so he can hear first hand what their needs are? Handing out money to cities in need of funds for health care & education? Giving folks his PERSONAL cell number and telling them to call him? I guess some people just can't give credit where credit is due, no matter what, if the person doing the right thing just happens to be a republican. Listen....can you hear it???? nah, me either...... Hey! Great job Governor Scott!! Keep up the good work! We are behind you, and we are the majority!
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      by Governor doughnut on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:23 PM in reply to 62nitro
      1)Your Gov doesn't know the difference between rule area and rural area. no wonder he wants money for education. 2) The lottery which was introduced by Republicans was supposed to fix Education. It didn't and he won't either, just another lie. 3)there are 67 counties in Florida, he went to only six. I would not brag about this. 4)"Cell phone" does not appear in this article. Do you just add words when you need them? Every politican says to contact them personally, 411 has the number. 5) This 100 million dollar "carrot" will be used in counties that put in casinos which he and his cronies are working on, wait and see. But these will not be in "rural areas". Scott is this you?
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        by 62nitro on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:25 AM in reply to Governor doughnut
        You make it sound like RS wrote the article we are reading. Blame the writer for not getting rural correct. The "lie" of the lottery is that it is just a 'stupid tax' anyway. The USA spends more on education than any country in the world and look what we have, so the answer is not more money. He "only" went to 6 counties? Man, you are unforgiving, aren't you? Would you only be happy if went to all 67? My bad on the "cell phone" comment, I was thinking of the word "personally" when he said "call me" and that just came out wrong. Sue me. You already have it all figured out, huh? He is going to spend all that money to enrich himself and his "cronies"? Wow...your narrowmindedness knows no bounds, does it?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:11 AM in reply to 62nitro
      Majority? what majority do you think you represent, maybe the less than 30% that favor this fascist governor. Notice that he is supporting healthcare, or to put mor correctly, his former company. Scott has been working had to enrich the healthcare industry that helped fund his election, mostly through ripping off senior citizens in south Florida. You are a majority in your own head and listen, that the sound you hear is the sound of the 99% laughing at you.
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        by 62nitro on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to
        Dream on Anon, when folks look at the unemployment coming down and revenue going up, the only people complaining will be people like you that didn't vote for him the first time, anyway. Since he won, I would say that makes you a minority. Anyone with common sense will re-elect any gov that gets this state moving again. Open your eyes, he's doing it, and it just drives you libs crazy, doesn't it?
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      by Really? on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:47 AM in reply to 62nitro
      Thank god you are NOT the majority, because you're totally delusional!
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      by Won't happen on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:00 AM in reply to 62nitro
      You are going to have to go about 60 miles in any direction for the guy to get any credit. The farther you go from Tallahassee, .....the thinner the "lard" gets.
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        by 62nitro on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to Won't happen
        Sadly, that is true....
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to 62nitro
      38 percent approval rating for Rick Scott. Sorry pal, you aren't the majority.
  • by Bwanna on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    I can't tell if this is a poorly written article, or if the guv's actions just make no sense. I'm thinking it's a little bit of both.
  • by Behind the fence Location: Perry on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    You just can't make this stuff up folks...Poor ol' Jefferson county just 90 days ago had to use their county commission to help get the Senate to pass legislation that would put their county on "life support" because Slicky Ricky had shut down the prison there and "closed" the county!! This is sort of like the Hatfield guy giving the McCoy guy his boys back...after he shot them.
  • by Bubba on Jun 4, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    The unindicted criminal in chief has a lot of nerve to show his face outside the Villages.
  • by Bull Location: Fl on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:38 PM
    Wow he's in full re-election mode. Sorry slick head you couldnt get my vote no matter what.
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