Scott Has a Full Plate

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Immigration legislation, school vouchers for all, cutting corporate taxes, and streamlining public pensions were just a few of the promises made on the campaign trail.

As preparations for Rick Scott’s inauguration swing into full gear, former GOP Party Chairman Al Cardenas is dampening expectations.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and we have problems here that are very serious and need to be worked out,” Cardenas said.

Immigration would be a hot button issue for Florida’s large Cuban and Puerto Rican populations, as well as for agriculture which depends on migrant labor. School vouchers for all would require a change to the constitution, which his transition team is recommending. Scott would also make changes to pension plans for teachers, firefighters and police, among others. Political analyst Susan Mac Manus says the ball is in the new Governor’s court.

“If he can’t get it through as Governor, with a supportive legislature, people will hold him accountable in four years,” MacManus said.

Perhaps the most difficult campaign promise the new governor will have to keep is that to cut taxes, especially since the state has a three and a half billion dollar deficit.

As a state police helicopter circled over head, we asked the Governor Elect if he would tackle all his promises from the starting gate.

“No, you’ve got to prioritize everything. Jobs are number one, though,” Scott said.

And although he is yet to serve a full day in office, Rick Scott is already talking about a second term

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  • by Ryan Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    I have to agree with Alex. Aren't Puerto Ricans US citizens already? Puerto Rico is a US territory, not a state but still retain citizenship. I'm sure it was just a mistake but not a very smart one.
  • by Alex Bolques Location: Quincy, FL on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Dear Mike Vasilinda, I have always enjoyed your reporting and your familiar voice on eyewitness news. Last night, in your report, “Scott Has a Full Plate”, you said that immigration would be a hot button issue for Florida’s large Cuban and Puerto Rican populations. I can see it being a problem for Cubans, but how does it affect Puerto Ricans? Your report did not go in-depth on how it would be problematic. Can you tell me why? Alex
  • by J. Location: Tallahassee on Jan 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    I've had all I want to hear about Scott... and he was just sworn in today..
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