Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – January 27, 2012

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Governor Scott Pushes for Auto Insurance Fraud Reform

Launches Hire Florida’s Heroes Campaign

This week, I urged the House and the Senate to send me a bill that addresses auto insurance fraud in Florida and lowers the cost of living in our state. PIP fraudsters cause auto insurance premiums to skyrocket, and honest Floridians pay the price. Floridians are fed up with being cheated by scammers who get a payday while innocent citizens get stuck with the bill. Our broken no-fault system is a hidden billion-dollar tax on Floridians. It drags on our economy and slows growth, and we must take action to stop the fraud. I am confident that working with the Legislature, we will get this done.

Also this week, I joined business, military, veteran and workforce leaders during the annual Florida National Guard Day at the Capitol. Together we launched the Hiring Florida’s Heroes campaign to connect our returning veterans with job opportunities in our state. Hiring Florida’s Heroes is a smart move for businesses and the right thing to do for our veterans and their families.

If you are an employer interested in hiring a hero, please call 1-866-FLA-2345 or visit

Have a great weekend.

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Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address

jpegAs a mother, grandmother and an advocate for Florida’s children, First Lady Ann Scott understands the importance both reading and literacy play in the development of our children. An avid reader herself, she is always looking for ways to share her passion for reading with Florida students. This week she kicked off Florida’s fourth annual Celebrate Literacy Week by participating in events around the state that encouraged students to read at least 20 minutes every day.

On Monday, the First Lady announced the beginning of the Million Minute Marathon at Sarasota Middle School. Mrs. Scott also spoke to students about her passion for reading and the many ways it can help them succeed in school.

The First Lady also announced the winners of the Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement contest at the Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday. This year’s PSA contest focused on the theme “Take the Lead and Read.” Students from around the state created 30-second public service announcements to promote reading in Florida.

Mrs. Scott appreciates the efforts of the Florida Department of Education and Just Read, Florida! as well as the partnering sponsors of Celebrate Literacy Week, including the Florida Lottery, Scholastic, Florida Education Foundation, Learning A-Z, Daytona International Speedway, National Geographic and Novachi.

Mrs. Scott encourages students around the state to pick up a book and make reading a part of their daily routine. Just 20 minutes a day beyond the regular school reading program can help students be more successful in school.


This week Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll participated in several military meetings.

On Monday as the Governor’s Designee to the Florida Defense Task Force, she met with fellow task force members to discuss the importance of a Florida gem, Eglin Air Force Base, and how to grow and expand the military mission there.

On Tuesday, the Lt. Governor joined Governor Scott, both Navy Veterans, to support our troops and veterans at the annual Military Day at the Capitol.

In addition, the Lt. Governor organized a meeting with private and public partners to meet with Nancy Natoli, program coordinator for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative run out of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. Nancy and the State of Florida are working with our military installations and our conservation partners to find ways to protect our environment and our military missions at the same time. It’s a nice coincidence that Nancy’s visit came on military day!

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