One-on-One with Rick Scott

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - In just two months on the job Governor Rick Scott has made some bold moves and formidable foes… Thursday the rookie governor gave us an exclusive five minute interview. We asked how his decisions have affected his relationship with the legislature.

Scott: I know they’re just as committed as I am on education and getting the state back to work so I feel very hopeful that the right things are going to happen.

Whitney: but it hasn’t been without conflict. You’re 65 days into your first term. You sold the state planes. Lawmaker balked at that. You declined money for high speed rail. Two senators sued you. Does this signify a bumpy road through the rest of the legislative session?

Scott: Everybody knows that I campaigned that I was going to sell the state planes. I did. That’s what I believe in and that’s what our legislature is very supportive of.

Yes and No. Some lawmakers wanted to sell the planes… but say the Governor broke the law when he put them on the auction block without legislative approval.

In his state of the state address Scott told lawmakers to pass his budget… which cuts spending and taxes by more than four billion dollars… but lawmakers have their own plans….

Whitney: If the legislature doesn’t give you close to what you ask for, are you prepared to veto that and call them back for a special session?

Scott: I’m very comfortable with that, but they’re committed to the same thing I am.

Through our five minutes of questions Scott stayed positive and on message. But when we asked about his recent victory against two lawmakers who sued him for turning down high speed rail money… Scott lit up.

Whitney: How big was that victory for you?
Scott: that was a fun day.

But Scott’s victory in the state’s highest court hasn’t won him a lot of friends in the state legislature, and in fact, a ridership report released Wednesday shows that high speed rail would have been profitable.

The Department of Transportation study predicted a 10 million dollar surplus in the first year…. And 30 million annually after a decade…. Scott admits he’s not afraid to make the tough choices that irk his critics.

“My job is to make this state the most likely to succeed,” said Scott.

The next two months will be the filled with conflict… but maybe not compromise from the head-strong governor. We got a change to ask Scott about his future plans and if the White House was in them. Scott smiled… and said he’s focused on being governor this job.

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  • by Sam on Mar 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    WCTV coverage was biased during the campaigning also. You libs can't believe that voters are finally waking up!
  • by Bulldog Location: Cairo on Mar 11, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    Rick Scott s just the latest in a long line of carpet baggers to come south looking to make millions of the poor dumb folk who live here. Does more to prove it every day. Wake up you poor dumb folk before it is too late. Save yourselves.
  • by D Location: Tally on Mar 11, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Steve sound like a smart guy. All those tax breaks and we still wont have any jobs stipulations like that would ensure these companies do right.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Mar 11, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    As a Democrat, I am okay with Corporate tax breaks... WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITION: You ONLY qualify for corporate tax breaks by hiring FLORIDIANS currently collecting unemployment or whose unemployment benefits have expired. Also, the amount of your tax break is directly reflective upon how much you increase your payroll. You get a 1% tax break for every 1% you increase your payroll. Oh, and when you cut payroll, your taxes go up by the same percentage.
  • by Moishe Location: Tallahassee on Mar 11, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    You know he is doing something right when the libs go this berserk. They are, most likely, the same persons that voted our city office holders back in after they raised the millage rate during a recession. Their reelection endorsed the deferred compensation gambit some of the participated in.
  • by all hail ! Location: state on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    all hail heir dictator !
  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Mar 11, 2011 at 01:11 AM
    He is doing exactly what he promised he would do. Cutting expenditures and putting the focus on reducing waste and repitition of services. Now if we only had a President with enough sense to do the same...
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:55 PM
    Pleased dont be fooled by this tyrant on his throne!! He claims to be saving money and helping the common people, but at the same time he has just hired multiple aids from management services all which have $100k jobs!! Guess whos paying for it?? But on the other hand he is entering into legislation a bill that will cut the benefits of state employees!!(And no I dont work for the state, and am not a disgruntled state employee!!) Sounds like a case of stealing from the poor to give to the rich!! No doubt some of the same people who helped him get elected into office are the ones benefiting from these high salaried positions! Its ok though..all tyrants will have their day, and when election day rolls back around..I am sure he will have his benefits cut as well!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    Perhaps Jerry is blind and the sign is like those street crossing signs that beep at you. So he "hears" the sign. I am thinking that Jerry did not take advantage of his time with a state worker (teacher) when he had his chance.
  • by dewerez Location: tall on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:11 PM
    I think Mr Swift is referring to our Florida government as a Oligarchy. Hello let's all remember this is a democracy. A three part system. I would rather have a governor that's a multi sucessfull millionare(close to billionare)than a person that has no back ground of sucess in excellence. The house and senate representing the people, and the judical over site!!! Vote
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