Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – July 29, 2011

Florida Adds 85,500 Jobs Since January 2011This week, I continued the fight to ensure every Floridian has an opportunity to get a job. On Monday, I visited the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. We talked about how we can bring jobs to our state and I let them know that Florida is on the right track. Last week, we learned that Florida continues to buck the national trend and since January has added 85,500 jobs. We still have a long way to go, but we are off to a great start. Thanks to the members of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful visit.

Also this week, to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I signed Executive Order #11-161 creating the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities. During the economic downturn, workers with disabilities lost jobs at a 9 percent higher rate than people without disabilities. The commission that I created this week will help Floridians with disabilities obtain employment.

As we work to attract jobs to Florida, we need to ensure Floridians with disabilities have an opportunity to have a job. Employment opportunities help persons with disabilities increase their independence and enjoy a better quality of life.

I invite you to view the links below to find out more about what we are doing to make Florida the number one place to live, work or play.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:Governor Scott Creates Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities

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Workgroup Established to Examine Assisted Living Facilities

jpegFirst Lady Ann Scott visited the Delray Beach Public Library on Monday. She was joined by Jeanette Sparano, wife of Miami Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano. Together, they read to a room full of summer campers and encouraged summer reading. The visit was the next stop on the First Lady’s Summer Literacy Adventure. The library provides thousands of free books to children during the summer camp program.

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While in Puerto Rico this week with the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll met with the Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fotruno and Mario Gozalez-Lafuente from the Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

For the past two years Puerto Rico’s financial situation and Florida’s were very similar and our respective leaders, Governor Luis Fortuno and Governor Rick Scott are working to fix the problems in similar fashion. Both inherited a deficit yet balanced the budget. Both cut government spending. Both reformed public employee pensions. Both cut government red-tape to encourage small business development and job growth. And both lowered taxes. With these measures Puerto Rico and Florida are realizing job growth and a better climate for business to operate and create jobs.


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