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Jobs in Florida: The Rick Scott record

Gov. Rick Scott has staked his political future on his ability to bring jobs to Florida, but the first comprehensive review of his efforts shows few successes and hundreds of unfulfilled promises. Since taking office in 2011, Scott has pledged $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives in return for 45,258 new jobs. But 96 percent of the jobs have yet to materialize, according to a Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald review of 342 job-creation deals that involve various tax breaks.

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  1. PolitiFact Florida: 7 steps, 7 years, still many more jobs to go

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    Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 with a simple plan he promised would invigorate the state's economy.

    Gov. Scott needs much more growth to meet his job goals.
  2. For some, Rick Scott's jobs plan isn't working

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    HAWTHORNE

    For nearly three decades, this rural community in North Florida was home to a bustling mill that was the principal employer for its 1,400 residents.

    A few emergency lights are the only signs of life at the shuttered Georgia-Pacific Hawthorne Plywood Plant. All 400 employees of the plant lost their jobs when it closed in 2011.
  3. Winners and losers in state's jobs hunt

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    BRADENTON — Florida gave Oshkosh Corp. more than $700,000 in tax breaks and cash incentives to move its ambulance production operation from Indiana and Michigan to Florida in 2011.

    The rear view of a new Pierce Wildland four-wheel-drive, all-terrain fire truck at the Bradenton campus of Oshkosh Corp. The company made 129 layoffs after an incentive deal fell apart.
  4. Gov. Rick Scott makes big jobs promises, but so far gains are small

    State Roundup

    First of three parts

    Gov. Rick Scott has staked his political future on his ability to bring jobs to Florida, but the first comprehensive review of his efforts shows few successes and hundreds of unfulfilled promises.

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a November ribbon-cutting outside PODS Enterprises, a moving and storage business that will employ 40 people at its new headquarters in Clearwater. Terms of the agreement remain confidential, but Scott’s visit was a “big deal,” PODS CEO John Koch said.
  5. Once celebrated, Colt deal appears on verge of ruin

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    KISSIMMEE — The warehouse off Florida's Turnpike is renovated and waiting. The parking lot has a fresh coat of blacktop and the building has new, blue awnings. There's even a white "C" — for Colt's Manufacturing Co. — painted above the front door.

    Gov. Rick Scott celebrated the news that Colt was bringing 63 jobs and a “$2.5 million commitment” to Florida  at a Dec. 1, 2011, news conference in Kissimmee. Two years later, the deal appears on the verge of ruin.
  6. Quid pro quo for jobs deals? Hard to see it

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    Gov. Rick Scott has made it a linchpin of his administration to create employment opportunities — or at least appear to do so.

  7. New frontier for Space Coast jobs

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    Brevard County's unemployment rate rose above 11 percent when NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011. Now it sits at 7 percent, and Gov. Rick Scott has millions in tax incentives on the line to take the number even lower.

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media in August at the grand opening of Boeing’s training campus in Miami. Boeing has promised to add an additional 550 jobs in Brevard County.