Floridians Seeing Benefits from Improving Economy

On October 30, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by Governor's Press Office

Every day, we are seeing more and more jobs being created and Floridians getting back to work. In August, more than 28,000 Floridians found work in the private sector. That’s 28,000 Floridians who can now better fulfill their dreams right here in the Sunshine State. We are hearing stories like Sandra Cimbaro’s of Boca Raton, […]

Governor Rick Scott: Medicaid Expansion is Bad for States

On July 13, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

History has repeatedly shown the costs of many government health care programs far exceed early projections. Why does anyone expect the expansion of Medicaid would be any different? We don’t need the federal government telling us what to do when it comes to meeting the needs of the citizens of our states. And we don’t […]

The Specifics of Governor Scott’s 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda

On April 10, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

By: Governor Rick Scott April 6, 2012 Last October, while visiting Metal Essence, a precision metals and plastics fabricator in Orlando, I called on the Florida Legislature to pass my 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda.  I would like to thank the Legislature for answering my call and joining me in the effort to […]

Florida’s economy turning around

On January 23, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

By Rick Scott, Special to the Times In Print: Sunday, January 22, 2012 There is perhaps no better way to judge the direction of Florida’s economy since I took the oath of office last January than by looking at the percentage of people who have jobs this year but were out of work one year […]

Natural resources are Sunshine State’s economic engine

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

Rick Scott, Governor As governor, I understand a healthy economy is dependent upon a healthy environment. Florida’s residents and businesses rely on clean water, clean air and open spaces for tourism, commerce, agriculture and recreation. That’s why protecting our natural resources through a stable regulatory environment is key to ensuring businesses are successful and future […]

My Goals for Job Creation and Economic Growth in 2012

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

by Rick Scott, Governor Florida Means Business. That’s the core theme of my 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda unveiled this week, and that’s the message I’m focused on sending to job-growing business around the world. It is not government, but successful private-sector companies that create jobs. It is my job as Governor to […]

Where Will Department of Defense Take Risk?

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

By Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida As the U.S. Congress continues deliberation on debt and deficit management, we must ensure that the debate is informed, and that our domestic security and responsiveness are balanced with economic efficiency. The “debt deal” that was reached over a month ago mandated nearly one trillion dollars in budget […]

An Open Letter to Floridians

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

My Fellow Citizens, Like many of you I have worked all of my life and I am blessed that I have lived the American Dream. My parents struggled financially and I started school in public housing. Like many similarly situated, I went to work at an early age. I was always proud of the jobs […]

Reform underway at Florida’s juvenile justice agency

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

By Rick Scott, Governor of Florida Like all Floridians, I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of a child in the Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Center. More than saddened though, I take Eric Perez’s death personally. It’s a sobering reminder of the urgent need for comprehensive juvenile justice reform in Florida. […]

Latin American Trade Agreements are Key to Economic Opportunity in Florida

On January 3, 2012, in Governor's Op Eds, by staff

by Rick Scott, Governor of Florida While lawmakers in Washington have avoided making difficult choices, we in Florida have remained focused on solving our state’s economic challenges—cutting state spending by reforming Medicaid and public pensions and passing a balanced budget that includes tax cuts, not increases, for Florida’s families and businesses. To continue building on […]