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