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.
Third of three parts
Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 with a simple plan he promised would invigorate the state's economy.
Second of three parts
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.
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.
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.
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 has made it a linchpin of his administration to create employment opportunities — or at least appear to do so.
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.