Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – January 20, 2012

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Florida’s Unemployment RateDown 2.1 Percentage Points in 2011

Today, we learned more good news about Florida’s jobs picture. In 2011, Florida’s unemployment rate dropped 2.1 percentage points. In fact, Florida’s unemployment rate in December was 9.9 percent, the lowest it has been in two-and-a-half years. This is down from 12 percent unemployment the month before I became governor.

Last year’s decline in unemployment is proof that the private sector, not government, creates jobs. Florida created a total of 130,000 jobs in 2011, and it is Floridians who deserve all of the credit. While this news is welcome, it is not good enough. I will continue to work every day to ensure that every Floridian who wants to work has the opportunity to do so.

Working with the House and Senate this session, I will continue to lower taxes and eliminate burdensome regulation. Last year was a great start to getting Florida back to work, and I am looking forward to more great things this year. I remain focused on three things: making sure Florida’s children can receive a good education, making sure that Floridians can find a job and keeping the cost of living low in our state.

Have a great weekend.

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Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address

jpegFirst Lady Ann Scott has always believed in the importance of volunteerism. She has seen firsthand how each and every volunteer can make a difference and encourages all Floridians to get involved in their communities.

This week Mrs. Scott was honored by the Florida Girl Scout Legislative Network during a pinning ceremony where she became an honorary troop member. This year is particularly special for Girl Scouts all around the country as they celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. The First Lady presented a proclamation from Governor Scott proclaiming 2012 as the Year of the Girl and thanked them for all of the great work they do in their local communities and throughout the state.

The Girl Scouts is just one of the many organizations that acts to make the world a better place. The efforts of Florida’s volunteers have contributed to lives of those in our great state and across the world. Mrs. Scott hopes that all Floridians will become involved in their communities and strive to be great role models for the children of Florida.

On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, represented the state of Florida at the groundbreaking for the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. It’s only fitting that Atlantis retire here at KSC, the home of the Space Shuttle Program, the birthplace of space exploration and the future of America’s space program. This $100 million exhibit will draw tourists from around the world to the Space Coast. Florida welcomes all Americans to come and visit the Atlantis exhibit when it opens next year.

As Chair of Space Florida, Lt. Governor Carroll wants all Floridians to know that Governor Scott is working every day to ensure Florida leads the world in commercial, international, manned and un-manned space programs. America’s medical, educational and national security all depend on access to space. Florida has the best facilities, the best companies, and the most skilled, highly trained and ready aerospace workforce in the world. Florida is the best place on earth to access space.

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