State of Florida Archives: on Jobs
Raise the minimum wage; ensure paid sick time
After traveling this district and meeting families who are struggling, I know how tough things still are. A dollar doesn't go as far as it used to, and the reckless politics of those in Washington are
taking money out of the pockets of middle class families. Congress can take commonsense steps now to help strengthen the financial stability of North Florida's middle class families, like:
Source: 2014 Florida House campaign website, GwenGraham.com
Nov 4, 2014
Supporting Paycheck Fairness to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work;
- Raising the minimum wage;
Ensuring families receive the paid sick time and benefits they've earned;
- Advocating for tax credits for services like child care and assisted living for seniors.
Opposed increasing the minimum wage
For the roughly 7 percent of voters who remain undecided there were plenty of clear differences to consider:
Source: Miami Herald on 2014 Florida Gubernatorial debate
Oct 15, 2014
- Crist wants the state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage. Scott said he'd only temporarily expand
Medicaid if it were 100 percent federally funded.
- Crist supports increasing the minimum wage. Scott does not.
FactCheck: Yes, unemployment up; but stimulus has helped
Scott often talks about job growth that happens under his watch and takes credit for it: "The four years before I became governor, the state had lost 825,000 jobs. Unemployment had gone from 3.5% to 11.1%. We incurred another $5.2 billion, I think,
worth of debt," Scott said in December 2012.
Scott got his numbers right but missed the mark for implying the state's recession was the result of poor handling by Crist. Experts told us Florida's economy tanked largely as a result of the housing
market crisis, which included a tornado of issues over which Crist had little to no control. We rated his claim Half True.
During his first campaign, Scott stated that the "stimulus has not created one private sector job."
But we found thousands of Floridians employed because of stimulus-funded programs--not to mention jobs for a company in which Scott owns stock. We rate Scott's statement "Pants on Fire!"
Source: Miami Herald FactCheck on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race
Mar 15, 2014
Minimum wage increase good; living wage better
Crist reminds readers that although the state is rebounding economically, the hard times are not quite over yet for everyone. Crist's op-ed is as follows:
"Right before Rick Scott was elected in 2010, he was asked about the minimum wage in Florida.
He didn't know what it was. Then, when he found out that the people of our state were receiving a 6-cent increase in 2011, he said he was disappointed.
I'm sure he'll be equally disappointed to read that despite his objections, the minimum wage in Florida will increase to $7.93 an hour on the first of the year.
"This is good news. Higher salaries mean more Floridians can provide for their families,
buy more essentials, and also try to get ahead. And we should do more. Displaced workers and low-wage workers deserve to earn a living wage. Unfortunately, Rick Scott just doesn't seem to get it."
Source: SaintPetersBlog coverage of 2014 Florida gubernatorial race
Dec 31, 2013
High unemployment compensation deters job creation
Another government program with good intentions and potentially dangerous side-effects is our system of unemployment compensation. In times of high unemployment, the system provides a critical safety net. But its rising costs, which are borne by the very
employers who are struggling to stay in business, threaten to create even more job losses. The costs of unemployment insurance cannot be allowed to deter job creation. By working with the legislature, we will bring those costs down.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Florida legislature
Mar 8, 2011
2005: Fined $25,000 for failing to insure workers
On Franken's miscues on tax payments, "Franken Faces Penalties for Lack of Workers' Insurance," screamed a Minneapolis Star Tribune headline on March 5. Franken owed a twenty-five thousand dollar penalty to the
New York State Workers' Compensation Board for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance for employees of his corporation from 2002 to 2005.
News reports said the Workers' Compensation Board began sending notices to
Franken as early as April 2005 after discovering that the insurance hadn't been paid for nearly three years.
Penalty notices went unanswered and unpaid. The candidate for the working man wasn't paying his worker's comp insurance, the bloggers screeched. This man wants to be a senator?
Source: This Is Not Florida, by Jay Weiner, p. 71
Sep 16, 2010
7 Steps; 700,000 jobs; 7 years
The career politicians in Tallahassee have done little to jumpstart our economy. But then again, how can you get our economic wheels in motion when you've never balanced a budget, been forced to meet payroll, or created a job? Face it, if the career
politicians knew how to get us out of this recession, they would have done it already.
That's why it's time for a conservative outsider with real-world business experience to take charge. I am the only candidate with a comprehensive plan that will get
our fiscal house in order, balance the budget, & create long-term, good-paying jobs. The plan isn't complex. In fact, it's very simple. And it's common sense. I've created jobs in the private sector. As governor, these 7 steps will create 700,000 jobs in
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, rickscottforflorida.com
Aug 19, 2010
- Implement Accountability Budgeting
- Reduce Government Spending
- Enact Regulatory Reform
- Focus on Job Growth & Retention
- Invest in World Class State Universities
- Reduce Property Taxes
- Phase out the Business Income Tax
We have a jobs crisis, not a job problem
The action started with a question about how the candidates would draft legislation to create more jobs. Meek pushed for tax cuts for the middle class and high-speed rail, arguing building a railway will help create jobs in the state. "Transportation
is a problem no matter where you live in Florida," added Meek.
"We have a jobs crisis," countered Greene. "It's not a job problem." The billionaire blamed elected officials, including Meek, for the record high unemployment in the state.
Source: 2010 Florida Dem. Primary Debate, in Sunshine State News
Aug 11, 2010
Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs
In his 2006-2007 Budget Message he said that the "state's economy is one of the strongest in the nation, with rapid job growth and income growth providing its citizens with a wealth of economic opportunities."
He cited the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and an "unprecedented" job creation rate.
While there was job growth during the Bush term of office it was smaller than in any gubernatorial administration since 1978.
In addition, much of the job growth was the product of a growing population rather than the tax cuts the governor generated.
Most of the jobs created during the Bush administration were in the low-paying sectors of the economy.
The state's 2004 median hourly wage ($13.10 per hour) was below the national average and the state had an unusually high percentage of very low-wage workers who earned wages at or below the federal minimum wage.
Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p.109-10
Dec 11, 2009
FactCheck: Cut unemployment substantially, but not in half
Giuliani claimed: “When I became mayor the economy of NYC was in very, very bad shape--tremendous deficits, ten-and-a-half-percent unemployment, 300,000 jobs gone. We turned that around, cut unemployment by more than half, brought in 450,000 new jobs.”
Any way you look at it, though, Giuliani’s being misleading. In December 2001, his last month in office, the unadjusted rate was 7.5%, the same as the adjusted rate. There was just one month, May 2001, when the
unadjusted rate fell to 5.0%, the only one during his tenure when he could claim to have cut unemployment “by more than half.” In our judgment, it’s deceptive for Giuliani to cherry-pick a month to compare to the rate in the month he was inaugurated.
Source: FactCheck.org on 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida
Jan 24, 2008
Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs
In recent weeks, we have already taken bold steps to help restore our economy, launching programs like Operation Paycheck and passing an economic stimulus package aimed at creating more than 33,000 new construction jobs in this state.
And I am pleased to say that these measures are working.
Over the long haul, we must restore the health of the businesses we already have and we must grow new businesses that diversify and strengthen our economic base.
Chief among the new industries that will transform Florida are those that create high-tech jobs, from
Florida's globally-recognized strengths such as the simulation, optics, and space technology fields to emerging new sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence.
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature
Jan 22, 2002
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