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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to fund bear-proofing measures

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.

      A mother bear runs near a pond in the Ocala National Forest after being released from a trap. Florida's first bear hunt in more than 20 years got under way last month. (MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times)
    2. Gov. Rick Scott's proposed 'Florida First' budget: $79.3B, tax cuts

      State Roundup


      Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed a $79.3 billion budget for next year that would spend more on schools, cut taxes by $1 billion and eliminate nearly 1,000 more full-time jobs from the state workforce.

      Gov. Rick Scott announces his state budget proposal which would cut taxes by $1 billion and add $250 million for economic development incentives Monday, at Harbinger Signs in Jacksonville. [Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP]
    3. Lawmakers want to advertise 'the truth' about rising property taxes paying for increased education spending


      TALLAHASSEE — When Gov. Rick Scott rolls out his budget proposal today, he'll talk about spending more money on schools, but some fellow Republicans say he's not telling taxpayers the whole truth.

      Gov. Rick Scott will roll out his budget proposal today. One topic will be spending more money on public education. Some fellow Republicans say he’s not telling taxpayers the whole truth.
    4. Dramatic rise of renegade 'no party' voters is reshaping state politics


      TALLAHASSEE — Three simple letters have ignited a civic rebellion in Florida that could reshape the state's politics for decades to come.

      Hillsborough County supervisor of elections staffers Ida Booth, left, and Edwin Crawford help register first-time voters, including Edwin Cobos, bottom left, and Sergio Acuna, recently at Sickles High School.
    5. After Medicaid blowup, House moves forward with its own free-market health care ideas

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — After knocking down a plan to expand Medicaid last summer, the Florida House is now pushing its own ideas for health care reform.

    6. Lawyer asks court to order release of search history of Department of Corrections inspector

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's administration is tangled again in another public records issue with the Tallahassee attorney that won the $700,000 judgment against the governor for failing to turnover private emails.

    7. Bets may be off elsewhere, but Florida lawmakers receptive to online fantasy sports industry

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Two of the newest and biggest companies in online fantasy sports have been kicked out of Nevada, branded as illegal gambling.

      Jason Robins, center, CEO of DraftKings website, speaks on a panel at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas Sept. 29. While some other states are cracking down on fantasy sports sites as illegal gambling, Florida leaders are reluctant to weigh in and some lawmakers are pushing a bill specifying that the industry is not gambling. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]

    8. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off tax cut push with rosy budget projections

      State Roundup

      CLEARWATER —Facing a skeptical Senate and many competing demands for spending, Gov. Rick Scott hit the road Monday on a three-day "tax cut tour" to prod state lawmakers to back his call for $1 billion in tax cuts next year.

    9. Three special sessions of Florida Legislature likely to cost taxpayers over $1M

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature's failures are costing taxpayers a lot of money.

      Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, listens as the agenda for the special session on congressional redistricting is explained on Aug. 10. [Associated Press]
    10. State Sen. Jack Latvala cedes yearslong battle for Senate presidency to rival Joe Negron

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Pinellas County will not have its first Senate President in nearly a century after Sen. Jack Latvala announced Thursday that he is giving up his long, protracted battle against Sen. Joe Negron for one of the most powerful positions in Florida.

      State Sen. Jack Latvala, R- Clearwater, urges passage of an immigrant tuition bill on the floor of the Florida Senate as Sen. Joe Negron, R- Stuart, listens,in May 2014. Latvala on Thursday conceded to Negron in a three-year battle over the Senate presidency. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]