Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2012


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Governor Scott Signs

2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda

Legislation Will Create Jobs and Reduce the Cost of Living for Floridians

This week, I signed my Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda into law. With these new laws, Florida’s economy will be better positioned to grow, create jobs and get Floridians back to work. By eliminating burdensome rules and regulations, reforming our unemployment system to a reemployment system, providing tax relief to our job creators and holding accountable the workforce boards tasked with connecting Floridians to job opportunities, Florida will continue to see its unemployment rate drop, businesses will grow, and Florida will become the best state in the country to open, expand or move a business.

The passage of these important bills is a tremendous victory for Florida’s families and businesses and will ensure private-sector jobs can continue to grow. My jobs package, combined with an additional $1 billion for K-12 education, will have an important impact on all Floridians, and I thank the Florida Legislature for recognizing the valuable contributions this legislation will make toward growing businesses and jobs in our state.

To read the specifics of my 2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda, I invite you to visit the links below.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:

Governor Scott Signs Job Creation and Economic Growth Legislation

Governor Scott and Google Partner to Help Small Businesses Get Online

MindTree Brings 400 High-Tech Jobs to Gainesville

Florida Drug Enforcement Teams Strike Down Prescription Drug Abuse

Governor and First Lady Scott Announce Governor’s Wellness Challenge

Governor Scott’s Weekly Radio Address

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As First Lady of Florida, Mrs. Scott enjoys traveling the state and visiting schools, encouraging students to read and write, and promoting the importance of a good education. This week Mrs. Scott had the opportunity to visit three elementary schools in the South Florida area, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science and the Fort Lauderdale Independence Training and Education Center.

The First Lady visited classrooms and read to students at Bennett Elementary School, Boca Raton Elementary School and Lake Park Elementary School. Mrs. Scott also toured the Museum of Discovery and Science, which provides children and adults with hands-on opportunities to learn about the world around them. She also visited the Fort Lauderdale Independence Training and Education Center, FLITE, which is Broward County’s central resource for youth between ages 18 and 23 to ease the transition to adulthood. The center offers a variety of services and resources in a single facility to help youths succeed as adults.

Mrs. Scott loves sharing her passion for reading with students and is always encouraging them to read and write every day.

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Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll this week joined officials from the City of Gainesville, Alachua County and University of Florida to welcome MindTree Limited, a global IT and product engineering company, that has selected Gainesville as the site for its United States expansion, bringing 400 new jobs over the next five years and making a $2.925 million capital investment in the heart of Gainesville. This is certainly welcome news as Florida keeps moving toward a full economic recovery. But the icing on the cake is that the average annual wage of these jobs will be $80,000, which is far higher than the average wage for this area and the state. MindTree’s plan aligns perfectly with Governor Scott’s economic development mission of creating higher wage jobs in the state of Florida.

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