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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