Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rick Scott's Let's Get Laid Off Program II

Gov. Rick Scott must think you add by subtraction. Scott has bragged about how he is going to create 700,000 in 7 years. An economic report then came out that Florida would gain 1,000,000 job in the next 7 years. Scott's plans wasn't factored into the report. The Scott camp then claimed that they would create 700,000 jobs on top of the million. It is painfully obvious that no one on Scott's campaign did a serious economic study on the 7-7-7 plan's merits.

We now learn that Scott will lay-off 4,492 state workers.

And though it's called a jobs-creation budget, it will initially lead to the loss of budgeted state jobs, 4,492 to be exact. Scott says eliminating state-worker jobs is a necessity because it reduces the size of government and helps the private-sector business climate --a theory Democrats largely reject.

The budget Scott will sign looks little like the one he unveiled in Eustis, Florida before a mostly elderly, white conservative crowd. Scott's most indelible mark, roughly $37 million in corporate-income tax cuts as part of $300 million in tax cuts and business incentives. That's a far cry from the $2.4 billion in revenue reductions he called for. Also, the proposed $69.7 billion state budget actually accounts for higher-education spending -- something Scott left out of his proposal in order to make it look like he was slashing bottom-line spending by a huge amount, to $65.9 billion. Scott called for more than a 10 percent cut in per-student spending, something the Legislature balked at as well. He also rolled out two-budgets in one (that is, a spending plan for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Together, Scott's proposal was 167 pages long. The proposed budget approved by the Legislature was 406 pages.

Scott is going to the Villages and going to talk about cuts he made to a tea party audience. Scott will subtract higher education costs from the budget to make it appear smaller. Scott will tell the tea party crowd about cuts he made in the 2012-13 budget. The problem is that budget hasn't been passed yet. Scott has a horribly allergic reaction to the truth.

Related: Rick Scott's Let's Get Laid Off Program

Update: the St. Petersburg Times have more numbers about who will lose their jobs. Thousands of public school workers will lose their jobs. Jobs to protect the Everglades will se job loses in the hundreds. An estimated 8,400 construction workers will lose jobs due to the lack of construction on new roads.

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