Scott Ready to Get to Work with New Legislature

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - On Governor Rick Scott's first day in office, he signed four executive orders to cut spending, purge illegal immigrates from the state's payroll and curb heavy handed government.

Rick Scott, Florida Governor, says, "Regulations are killing jobs so we are going to make sure we run the state like we run a business."

Scott has vowed to create 700-thousand jobs in seven years. He can achieve some of his goals through executive orders, agency oversight and building good relationships with businesses. For the rest he'll need the legislature.

It helps that Republicans have a supermajority in the House and the Senate, but Scott's real ace in the hole is his Lt. Governor, Jennifer Carroll. Carroll served seven years in the Florida House, and earned respect with both parties. Political scientist Susan MacManus says Carroll has the charisma to get the legislature onboard.

Susan MacManus, a USF political scientist, says,"Jennifer Carroll will be a huge asset to Governor Scott. She has a lot of friends in the legislature. She knows the legislative process, but more importantly she reads the public really well."

Scott's plan to create jobs includes eliminating the corporate income tax, reducing regulations considered harmful to business and cutting billions from the state budget. Scott says his plan will attract hundreds of businesses to Florida, but those parts of his jobs plan will have to make it through the House and the Senate.

Mike Haridopolos, (R ) Senate President, says "We are in this in concert. We are going to work together to turn around this state."

The main function of the Lt. Governor is to have a heartbeat in case something happens to the Governor, but no one expects Carroll to stand on the sidelines.

Yet another part of Scott's plan would require voter approval. The governor wants to reform education by expanding the school voucher program. That would take a constitutional amendment; 60 percent of voters would have to approve


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  • by Jake Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    The idea is not to just take MONEY from the public schools...it's to take (save) the KIDS from them too! Go Scott, Go!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    The state waste alot of money on new buildings like the dept of revenue. Ride by that big new building at night every light left on wasting electricity. The last two dept. of revenue just sitting there empty what a big waste of money
  • by Donna Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    ...and the roller coaster ride begins! Help us Lord!
  • by Baby Needs New Shoes Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    The corrupt leading the blind. What a circus.
  • by Daisy Location: Tallahassee on Jan 6, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    Gov. Scott has a great deal of contempt for this state. He talks about putting people to work, yet he wants to cut the state work force to the bone. As for school vouchers, Jeb tried ramming that one down our throats, too. If you want to improve the quality of public schools, evaluate them and help them improve themselves. Taking money away from them to send kids to private schools doesn't improve morale or the quality of the schools; it makes things worse. The new governor still seems to think that he is "just a businessman" and an actual part of the government he looks down on.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:42 AM
    The average meritpay employee of 'anywhere-anybusiness' is already paying in tax money to support some families who want to send their child to a private school(as theirs go to public schools). They are NOT getting tax breakes for doing that but corporations are. I don`t believe expanding the voucher program to use MORE tax money to go to more private schools will be beneficial to the whole state and will not improve what is needed in public schools. This will be a good majic trick to see how property taxes and business taxes will be lowered while the state is STILL in a deficit (thanks Jeb) and now there is a plan for vouchers to be mandated by state Constitution. NO, No,NO,NO,NO - what part of no does the Governor and Legislature not understand?
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