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Here's what Rick Scott wants you to know



A radio address by Gov. Rick Scott released late Friday tidily boxes up his message for the week, touching on international trade, his executive order on contracts and regulations, educational reform and protecting the state from an economy-crippling disaster.  

Saying he Florida is known as the "gateway to the Americas," he mentioned his meetings with European and Canadian government officials, and said last Saturday he and the Japanese Foreign Minister "announced mutual trade missions in Florida and Japan." 

To lure such businesses he said: "I signed an executive order to put the brakes on job-killing regulations. We are conducting a top to bottom reivew and we are also looking at all state contracts (Note: The executive order says only contracts worth more than $1 million) to make sure we are spending your money in a way that makes sense."

To create an educated work force for those businesses: Scott said he will measure teachers to determine pay to "keep good teachers and get rid of bad ones." Funding, he said, should follow the student not the program, giving parents more flexibility. 

To protect those businesses: "I met with our state emergency response team to make sure we're prepared for any disaster." 




[Last modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 9:43am]


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