Gov.-elect Rick Scott: Please get to work on...
Our most discussed story over the weekend examined Governor-elect Rick Scott's agenda of smaller, limited government. The story outlined four key promises Scott made during his campaign:
• On the economy, he pledges to create 700,000 jobs in addition to expected job growth in a state where more than 1 million people are unemployed.
• On education, he supports a re-do of a teacher tenure and merit-pay bill Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed in April, and he favors paying the best teachers more and expanding school choice.
• On the size of government, he wants to lay off 5 percent of state workers, require them to contribute to their pensions, and cut $1 billion from the prison budget.
• On abortion, he favors a law similar to Nebraska's, which prohibits abortions in most cases after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Tampabay.com readers debated Scott's history as CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain (and whether he deserves to be in jail) and offered their take on which issues Scott should be addressing when he takes office (the 'Taj Mahal' courthouse, cigarette tax, etc.), among other topics.
We'd like to know which of Scott's promises you do support. If you don't like any of the choices in our poll, please share your suggestions below.