Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – January 6, 2012

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Lt. Col. Bradley Bird briefs Governor Scott and Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw on the F-22 Raptor at Tyndall Air Force Base (Photo Lisa Norman, 325th FW/PA.)

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Next week, I will be delivering the annual State of the State address where I will outline my vision for Florida in 2012. Over the past year, our state has had many significant accomplishments. We are a nationwide leader in decreasing our unemployment rate — which has dropped by two percentage points since last January. In addition, Florida ranks third in the nation for job growth, creating 120,200 jobs in 2011. It is clear Florida is moving in the right direction, and I am confident we will continue to make positive strides in 2012.

This year, we are going to continue our focus on education, jobs and keeping the cost of living low for all Floridians. While our economy show signs of improvement, we must still address a budget deficit. We are going to balance our budget with no new taxes and no new debt, and while it’s going to be tough, I am committed to making sure we put another $1 billion into education and save money in our Medicaid system.

For the upcoming legislative session, I have three main priorities. First, I want to help continue to add jobs to Florida. Late last year, I unveiled my 2012 Job Creation & Economic Growth Agenda. This plan focuses on removing the barriers to both new and growing businesses in Florida. With these changes, we can continue on the path we began last year and bring more jobs to Florida. Prioritizing vital transportation projects, like preparing our ports for increased trade, will help facilitate important economic development opportunities.

Next, I want to keep the cost of living low in our state. We can achieve this goal by reforming rising insurance rates caused by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) automobile insurance fraud. We must protect Florida consumers and curb skyrocketing insurance costs.

My third main focus is ensuring that Florida’s children have access to a world-class education. Education has always been one of my top priorities, and I understand that ensuring an excellent university system will generate a workforce prepared to compete in the global marketplace and meet the demands of the 21st century. It is essential Florida becomes a long-term resource for companies to find the best educated employees.

Last year I traveled the state meeting with educators, parents and students, and they told me that in spite of the education shortfall we face, our top priority in this budget should be state funding for K-12 education. To that end, I will not sign any budget into law that doesn’t contain more state dollars for education than we had last year. The budget I submitted to the Legislature is the third largest amount of state K-12 funding in Florida history.

I was elected Governor to turn our economy around and get Florida back to work, and we are certainly headed in the right direction. Please share your comments about my plans for 2012 or any of your ideas for our great state by emailing me at Rick.Scott.

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Three Kings Day Greetings from Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

Statement from Governor Rick Scott Regarding General Craig McKinley’s Appointment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gov. Scott commends teamwork that resulted in Embraer contract $355 million aircraft manufacturing deal set to boost Jacksonville economy

Florida Unemployment Down Two Percentage Points

Education and Jobs Top Governor Scott’s Budget Priorities

Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address


It’s important for me as a mother and as First Lady of Florida to encourage children throughout our state to eat healthy and keep an active body and mind, especially as we begin this new year. I know that healthy habits start young. When my daughters were growing up, I was always looking for ways to help them eat more fruits and vegetables. Now that they are older, they continue to make healthy choices.

Let me encourage families to start healthy traditions such as going to a local farmers market, visiting local and state parks, and enjoying fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. New parents can help give their children the best possible start in life by feeding them nutritious food to help them develop good eating habits early. I encourage school children to make fresh fruits and vegetables a part of each school day. After school, it is always a good idea for children to exercise their bodies and their minds by spending time reading and then getting outside to play.


As Chair of Space Florida, Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll visited Space and Defense Engineering Services Company (SPADESCO) in Orlando on Tuesday. SPADESCO was founded in October 2010 in the wake of the Space Shuttle retirement at Kennedy Space Center. Talented engineers who placed their heart and soul into ensuring the safety and reliability of the Space Shuttle Program were given the opportunity to join this woman-owned small business. Together, they developed a company that will be able to provide quality support to the new generation of launch vehicles and DOD weapon systems. Lt. Governor Carroll commends this small business for hiring Space Coast engineers and looking to the future of space flight to grow their company and create good jobs.

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