Rick Scott's Jobs Tours

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Eglin AFB, FL - Rick Scott campaigned on the tagline, 'Let's get to work'.
It's a theme that continues, even though the election is over and the governing's about to begin.

Today (12-6) here at Eglin Air Force Base, Governor-elect Scott kicked off his 'Let's get to work' jobs tour.
It's a ten-stop, week-long, state-wide road show with the goal of hearing from the leaders of every major industry in Florida's economy.

Military activities pump more than 22-billion dollars a year into the state.
Now, the Pentagon is cutting back on military contracts as we begin to withdraw from Iraq, and a target of 2014 for Afghanistan.

But, Scott's confident he can work with the federal government to maintain and even boost military spending, creating jobs in the process.
He didn't offer many specifics on how he'll do that, but as with the space industry, the Governor-elect says Florida has a unique talent pool that ought not go to waste.

Rick Scott says, "You can look at it as a problem or as an opportunity. The opportunity is, look at all the talent that's now going to be freed up to start to be part of companies. And so, we're going to put a lot of effort into talking to companies that make sense for that workforce to work there."

The jobs tour is a prime opportunity for Scott to get up to speed on the intricacies of Florida's economy. The former health care executive has never held public office before, and the learning curve can be steep.

From the Panhandle, Scott traveled to Brevard County to meet with space industry leaders. He'll continue his jobs tour tomorrow (12-7) in Jacksonville.


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  • by Bill Location: Titusville on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    His primary claim to fame . . seems he was thought to be hosing . . . the little man. In the last 10 years the Repubs have only been known to create jobs paying $8.00 to $10.00 an Hr . . minimal benefits. Politician's ripped off Social Security . . just like what is going to happen to the low income tax-payer . .. you can compete with a Mexican. . . to do Rick's lawn . . that the job Repub's create
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    There has been many Governors in the Past WHO have tried to privatize the State ONLY to find out that it does NOT work. The State should be as self sufficient as possible. Most of what the State does SHOULD be done by State Employees. Very little of what the State does should be out sourced. You claim that if a State Worker is doing the task then the State has to pay the Benefits, medical, Workers Comp, etc so you pay another Company to do the Task BUT, you pay that Company a super high price to do it because that Company has to pay Their Employees Benefits, Medical, Worker Comp. Etc……….. SO, in reality, the State is still paying the Benefits, Medical, Workers Comp. ETC….BUT for a Non-State Employee. PLUS, a State Employee can do it better. Maybe we should privatize the Governors Office and the Legislature to.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    How does eliminating 5% of the State Workers add 5% to the unemployment roll? That would only be true if 100% of those employed worked for the State.
  • by Mary Ann Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Concerned about jobs but then he is going to cut state employment by 5% - so that just added 5% to the unemployment line or eliminated 5% jobs for unemployed to fill. HOW IS THAT JOB CREATION????
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    Government is not a business. It doesn't function as a business, and can't be run "like" a business. The government is there to spend OPM (Other People's Money). Businesses are there to make money. It makes sense to cut costs, but if you outsource something the cost savings only occur during the first contract cycle. Look at People First. When People First first took over, many agencies got rid of their entire personell (HR) staff. Now only a few years later, we are paying more for People First and most agencies have hired all their HR staff back. People First DID NOT save any money. How much would it cost right now if the State decided to take the HR function back? We are stuck paying whatever the outsourced price is, and you know it will go up every time they renew the contract.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    His job is to create the environment where business will create jobs in Florida. It is not his job to tell anyone where (in Florida) to create the job. If a job is created in Live Oak, it will not be because Scott told someone to create a job in Live Oak. If you want a job, you have to go where the jobs are.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Jan4th is almost here. Talk all you want GOV Scott show the true citzens of FLa. You can talk all you want,doing is something else. SHOW ME DON"T TELL ME. I will believe it when I see it..save the space program sine MR O thinks it's not worth anything. Lose 9K jobs turns into over 50K lives and business's
  • by NW Tally Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    Anon, you sound like you don't think gov't should be run like a business. Maybe if they ran the state like Disney World we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. Walt gave the people what they wanted, took care of his employees and is still making money in a terrible economy. Just my two cents.
  • by anon Location: here on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    49% believed the lies of how Scott wants to increase the number of jobs 3 years after he leaves office from his 4 year term. Yea, he will be in Jacksonville today talking with aviation officials and some citizens who want to show up to his "town hall meeting". I recall his campaign said he had a plan - so why is he asking "input" from business leaders NOW in different parts of the state to formulate a plan? Sure sounds like he did NOT have any plan except to try and run government like a business.
  • by Devils Advocate Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    @Anonymous: so if it's not the Governer's job to be concerned about who's not working where in our great state, then why is he working toward making more jobs?? Once again you run your mouth for your satisfaction of being condescending. Your behavior is a syndrome you know...
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