Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – March 9, 2012

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Governor Scott participates in in a deployment ceremony for the 202nd Red Horse Squadron at Camp Blanding

Governor Scott Congratulates

the Florida Legislature

I would like to congratulate the Florida House and Senate on a successful 2012 legislative session. My top priority this session was increasing K-12 education funding by $1 billion. I am happy to report that this was accomplished. I would like to thank Speaker Cannon and Senate President Haridopolos, as well as the entire Legislature, for putting Florida’s children first.

Lawmakers also passed key components of my 2012 Jobs and Economic Development Package, including:

  • Turning our unemployment system into a re-employment system
  • Making workforce boards more accountable, and
  • Delivering business and property tax relief.

Like me, lawmakers realize that private companies create jobs, not government. I look forward to signing legislation that strengthens Florida’s business climate and invests in our children. Follow the links below for more information. Have a great weekend.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:

2012 Jobs and Economic Development Package

Governor and First Lady Scott Announce Governor’s Wellness Challenge

Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Rate of Change in Unemployment Percentage, Florida Vs. National

Private-Sector Jobs UP, Public Sector Jobs DOWN

Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address


First Lady Ann Scott plays an active role in supporting healthy habits for Florida children and families. As First Lady of Florida, a mother and a grandmother, Mrs. Scott knows that healthy habits start young. While her daughters were growing up, Mrs. Scott was always looking for tips and tricks to help them eat more fruits and vegetables. She knows Florida moms are busy and need quick and easy recipes to give their family a healthy, well-balanced meal.

This week the First Lady hosted a cooking demonstration at the Florida Governor’s Mansion with Executive Chef John Minas to show a few Florida mom’s a healthy recipe that the whole family can enjoy. Mrs. Scott encourages parents to start healthy traditions such as cooking together as a family at least once a week instead of going out to eat.

Click here to get the recipe, Roasted Chicken with Honey-Lemon Butter, Roasted Red Potatoes and Baby Carrots.


This week, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was the keynote speaker in Jacksonville at Northeast Florida Engineers Week annual banquet. In her remarks the Lt. Governor spoke about Governor Scott’s focus on engaging students in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This goal will lead to Florida graduating more students into good, high-wage jobs in the engineering field.

Robert Jackson, chairman of NEFL Engineers Week summed up how essential engineers and how exciting a career in engineering can be: he said, “Engineers truly make the world a better place. Early inventions, such as the wheel and the pulley system allowed the use of exploring mechanical devices as tools. This skill of applying scientific and mathematical knowledge to design and build devices, structures and processes is consistent with the modern definition of engineering. Engineers apply their knowledge to find suitable solutions to make improvements to everyday life.”

Photo: Lt. Governor Carroll and Engineer of the Year John Ellis and his wife Rhonda.

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