A message from 1Miami's Executive Director, Eric Brakken:
During Rick Scott's "State of the State" address in Tallahassee, he made a claim that few Floridians would agree with: "It's working!" By "it" he must have meant the policies that have made him one of the least popular governors in the country. It is hard to say what he meant by "working" because whatever he is doing is clearly not "working" for working Floridians.
When Rick Scott became governor, he promised to create 700,000 more jobs in Florida than the one million economists already projected would be created within seven years. According to Politifact, only about 154,000 jobs have been created since the beginning of Rick Scott's reign. Even though Scott insisted that he is not a politicians several times during the "State of the State," when asked about his pledge to create a million and a half more jobs, he did what you would expect from a politician. He denied that he ever made that promise.
When you look at Florida's job creation record in 2012, you get a clearer picture of what (and who) is working and what isn't. Last year, Florida added 7,800 private sector jobs but lost 9,600 public sector jobs. While Rick Scott seems proud of the fact that Florida's unemployment rate is "nearly down to the national average," he forgets to mention that our unemployment is still worse than 33 of our 50 states.