Rich: Scott Losing Jobs, Not Creating Them

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich said Friday, Feb. 18 that she is keeping track of how many of the 700,000 jobs Gov. Rick Scott promised have materialized since he took office in January. So far, she said, he has lost seven percent of the number he promised to create. “It’s hard to tell how many of those 700,000 promised he’s created over the last seven weeks, but it’s not too difficult to estimate the number that may be lost,” Rich, D-Weston, told reporters. “Start with the 13,000 state employees, add that to about 30,000 linked with the high speed rail projects, then thousands of teachers, police, fire and other government employees as the massive cuts trickle down.” Rich suggested there should be a new refrain for Scott’s 7-7-7 plan during his campaign, in which he promised to seven steps would create 700,000 new jobs in seven years. “We’re kind of estimating that in seven weeks in seven steps, the governor has managed to lose just under seven percent of the 700,000 jobs that he promised over the seven years.”

Senator Nan Rich's complete presser is embedded below.
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  • by A Tax-Paying Citizen of the United States of America Location: Tallahassee on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    Demonizing Obama: not useful. He didn't get us here, but Republican-assisted private sector corporate welfare entitlements and plain ole greed got us here. State workers' pensions did not cause the recession. Corporate greed did, however. Those are factual statements. By the way, demonizing Scott won't help, either. Let's see if he can get people to work. While it looks like Reagan-styled voodoo economic theory, to me, it still might work. I'm willing to wait and see. I doubt very much that he can help very much. I also doubt that he can do much harm.
  • by Jane Cederholm Location: Bay County, Florida on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    By the time Scott is finished the state retirees will all be on food stamps costing the state more $$$ than if they had lived up to their legal agreement to provide retirement funds for them. And by the way most of us paid our own retirement funds into the system trusting the legislature to return them to us with a portion of interests they made off our money!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    I can't remember, who was the Prez when gas shot up to 5.00 a gal and milk went from 2.48 to almost 4.00? Dang it who was that. Did you know that it took almost 20 years to recover from the great depression and not 2 years so leave Obama alone, atleast he is TRIED to help Florida out. As far as the Bush era. Some small town in mid Texas was missing their village idiot.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    This is hypothetical worse case scenario. You lay off approx 7,000 people, unemployment will go up. People won't be buying new cars, the dealerships will suffer, more people will be laid off. People won't be building their dream houses, construction companies will suffer more people will be laid off. Since construction is not being done the demand for supplies will be low, Lowes, Home Depot will lose business. Again more people will be laid off. People will not be spending money at the malls because they will be tighter with their budgets, stores will close (look at Tall mall) more people will be laid off. Disney, Sea World will see less business because really who is going to be able to take a vacation. Employees will be laid off, hotels will close. I can go on and on. Basically this is going to effect everyone. Sit in your chair and think about how many people you provide a service to and when they are gone how will it effect you. Sad situation for all if us.
  • by Edith Location: Florida on Feb 22, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    I am tired of hearing people blaming Obama for all the problems in this country. This country has been in trouble long before he became President. We continue to shift the blame instead of looking at the mess we created. It does not matter what will happen 10 years into the future because we may not be here to witness what is happening. The citizens of Florida need jobs now and anything that will bring revenue to the state should be considered. Now that he has jumped on his high horse and turned this money down, some other state will be putting people back to work. A simple business course would tell this man that you can not run the government like a business, because if you do you will go BANKRUPT. Without the state employees, this state is going to come to a complete halt. Benefits will not be givens to those eligible and the less ones that can not afford to be without assistance will suffer. People take your head out of the sand and realize he came to DESTROY.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Feb 21, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    Sorry Nan. Not that you had a lot of credibility in the first place but this time you really did yourself in. "Start with the 13,000 state employees, add that to about 30,000 linked with the high speed rail projects, then thousands of teachers, police, fire and other government employees." Apparently you do not realize that everyone is not stupid, or illiterate. Course, I do kinda see your point; if there wasn't a LOT of profoundly stupid people in Florida, you most definitely wouldn't have a job.
  • by Karen on Feb 21, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    The speed rail would decrease the use of foreign oil. Perhaps Scott is a member of the Bush clan with friends in Saudi too. If ignorance is bliss, Scott's on cloud nine!
  • by Sherry on Feb 21, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    It irks me to read people calling themselves "working people" as if State employees are not hard working as well. these "working people" do NOT realize, but may soon, how Tallahassee DEPENDS on money from State employees. Without these State workers, there won't be work for these "working people" to do. Be careful what you ask for.
  • by Lip Cheese on Feb 21, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    What can you expect if the President is Tiger Woods and the Governor is Yoda. Ha! Ha!
  • by tia Location: tallahassee on Feb 21, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    UNEPLOYED is an idiot and UNEMPLOYABLE.
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