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Rick Scott No Longer Promises Floridians 700,000 New Jobs

Rick Scott's pledge that he'd create 700,000 new jobs for Floridians in addition to expected job growth was perhaps one of the least controversial themes of his election campaign. Yeah, well, sorry -- he's flip-flopped on that. He's no longer promising 700,000 jobs in addition to the jobs the state was expected to add. He's just promising 700,000 jobs. 

Scott wasn't vague about the promise during an October 2010 debate in which claimed, "[My] plan is on top of what normal growth would be." The plan was to add those additional 700,000 jobs within seven years. 

When a reporter asked Scott yesterday to clarify "the initial promise was to create 700,000 on top of projected growth," Scott merely replied no. His administration appears to have been moving away from the original promise of 700,000 additional jobs for some time. 

See, the thing is, no matter who was elected governor, economists believed Florida would add 1 million jobs by 2017 regardless. So now Scott is claiming he's promising to add only 700,000 total jobs, 300,000 fewer than what would have occurred anyway, not 700,000 more. That's a difference of 1 million jobs. 


understands Scott's original campaign promise like this


He would introduce "accountability budgeting." He would reduce government spending. He would cut regulation. He would focus on job growth and retention. He would invest in world-class universities. He would shrink property taxes. He would get rid of the state's corporate income tax. Those changes would create 665,000 jobs over seven years. He rounded up, and the 700,000 jobs promise was born.

Politifact has now rated Scott's evolving stance on his promise as a complete "flip-flop."

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