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Biography

Governor Rick Scott has spent each day as Florida’s 45th governor working to turn around Florida’s economy and secure the state’s future as the best place for families and businesses to succeed. Governor Scott grew up in public housing in the Midwest as his adoptive father, a World War II veteran and truck driver, and his mother, a store clerk, struggled to financially support their family. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Ann, Governor Scott joined the Navy and used the G.I. Bill to go to college and eventually open his first business – a donut shop so his mom could have a job. He ultimately ran the world’s largest healthcare company, with hundreds of thousands of employees from across the world.

Governor Scott knows firsthand that a good paying job is one of the most important things for a family, and following Florida’s economic collapse ten years ago, he made the decision to run for governor as a businessman with no political experience. Since being elected, Governor Scott has successfully championed more than $10 billion in tax cuts and reduced more than 5,200 burdensome regulations, allowing Florida businesses to create nearly 1.5 million new jobs and helping the unemployment rate drop to one of the historic lows, even lower than the national unemployment level. Under Governor Scott’s watch, historic investments have been made into our education system, transportation infrastructure, and the environment – all while paying $9 billion in state debt. He has also helped navigate Florida through some of the state’s most challenging times in recent history, including Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma, as the state reached a 46-year crime low and maintained record tourism. As governor, Scott has fought tirelessly for Florida families and job creators, and now, he is working to bring that fight to D.C. to secure Florida’s success for generations to come.

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Policy Positions

Abortion and Reproductive Issues

Pro-life a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
  b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
  c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
  d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
  e) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
  f) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
  g) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
  h) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
  i) Other or expanded principles
 

Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
  a) Education (higher)
  b) Education (K-12)
  c) Environment
  d) Health care
  e) Law enforcement
  f) Transportation and highway infrastructure
  g) Welfare
  h) Other or expanded categories

Facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall and a sluggish economy, we will look at every area of the state budget to see if our state tax dollars are being spent efficiently on effective programs. We will perform a top to bottom review and examine every agency and fund programs that work well.

2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
  a) Alcohol taxes
  b) Cigarette taxes
  c) Corporate taxes
  d) Gasoline taxes
  e) Property taxes
  f) Sales taxes
  g) Other or expanded categories

As Governor, I will eliminate the business income tax over seven years and reduce the state property tax by 19%.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Florida's budget.
  a) Tapping into Florida's "rainy day" fund
  b) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
  c) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
  d) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
  e) Reducing pension benefits for state employees
  f) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
  g) Privatizing certain government services
  h) Other or expanded principles

To stabilize the budget my administration will conduct a thorough review of all spending and only allocate tax dollars to programs and projects that achieve their intended goal and provide a necessary service to our citizens. We will implement efficiencies and drive down the cost of running the state government while still serving our citizens. By implementing my 777 plan which will reduce spending, implement accountability budgeting, and create a business friendly environment for our economy to grow, we will be able balance the budget and grow our tax base.

Campaign Finance and Government Reform Issues

Yes a) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida governors?
Yes b) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Florida state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
  1) Individual
  2) Political Action Committee
  3) Corporate
  4) Political Party
  d) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
  e) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
  f) Other or expanded principles

I believe that individuals should be able to exercise their right to free speech by financially supporting the candidates they believe in.

Crime and Public Safety Issues

  a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
  b) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
  c) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
  d) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
  e) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges for a first offense?
  f) Should red light cameras be used to detect traffic violations?
  g) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
  h) Other or expanded principles

I support the death penalty for heinous crimes and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders - such as drug courts. I support bringing an AZ style immigration bill to Florida.

Economic Issues

  a) Should Florida repeal its ban on public funding of religious institutions?
  b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
  c) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
  d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
  e) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
  f) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
  g) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
  h) Other or expanded principles

The best cure for our economic ills are jobs. My 7-step plan to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years will turn Florida around. I want to make Florida the job creation model for the nation.

Education Issues

  a) Do you support national education standards?
  b) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
  c) Should students be permitted to lead prayers at noncompulsory public school events?
  d) Do you support ending the practice of tenure for Florida public school teachers?
  e) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
  f) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
  g) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
  h) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Florida high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
  i) Other or expanded principles

For Florida to attract business, compete effectively in the global economy, and create 21st century jobs, we must have an educated workforce. It is time to create an educational framework that is customized so that each student can reach his or her potential.

The key ingredients we need to do this include:

Measuring and Improving Student Readiness
Expanding School Choice
Virtual and Online Education
Mentoring Programs
Preparing A New Workforce

Environment and Energy Issues

  a) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
  b) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
  c) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
  d) Do you support state funding for improvements to Florida's energy infrastructure?
  e) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
  f) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
  g) Other or expanded principles

Floridians must realize that a personal investment in the environment provides them with an exponentially higher return in economic opportunity and quality of life. Our approach to environmental policy will rely on the following tenants:

- A stable regulatory environment is key
- Stewardship is a personal responsibility
- A free market should drive the diversification on our energy portfolio; government should not be too restrictive or prescriptive
- Florida should maintain its rights to protect our environment
- Environmental policy should be based and driven by sound science, not politics

Gun Issues

No a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
No b) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yes c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
No d) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
  e) Other or expanded principles
 

Health Issues

No a) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yes c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
No d) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yes e) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
No f) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Florida?
No g) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
  h) Other or expanded principles
 

Social Issues

  a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
  b) Should Florida allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
  c) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
  d) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
  e) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
  f) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
  g) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
  h) Other or expanded principles

I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I oppose tax dollars being used to fund embryonic stem cell research.

Legislative Priorities

  Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top priority when elected is to make Florida the number one state in the country for job creation and I will accomplish that through the implementation of my 777 economic plan - 7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years. By reducing regulation, cutting state spending, shrinking state government and eliminating the business tax we will make Florida the obvious choice for businesses looking to relocate and provide an environment that encourages businesses already based in Florida to grow and expand. Floridians want to work and my administration's top priority will be creating jobs.

Articles

Scott For Florida Campaign Announces Participation In Upcoming Debates

Jun. 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Scott for Florida campaign announced it will participate in a series of debates this fall as part of Governor Rick Scott’s campaign for U.S. Senate. As of Monday, the Scott for Florida campaign has accepted invitations from the following debates. We are continuing to review other invitations and will make additional announcements this summer: Telemundo 51 Miami Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and WJXT Channel 4 CNN “We are looking forward to participating in several debates prior to November in order to give Floridians every opportunity to hear from Governor Rick Scott about how he plans to reform Washington to make it work for Floridians – not for career politicians. We hope Bill Nelson will accept the invitations to join us, and are curious to see how he will try to defend his weak record of accomplishments for Florida families over the course of his nearly half century in office. Bill Nelson continues to be all talk, no action on the issues, but Floridians won’t settle for smoke and mirrors in a debate setting.” – Lauren Schenone, Scott for Florida Press Secretary

Gov. Rick Scott: Bill Nelson Has Done Nothing To Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Jun. 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Scott for Florida campaign released the below statement from Governor Rick Scott on how Bill Nelson has done nothing to fix our broken immigration system. Governor Rick Scott said, “I have continued to say that I am completely opposed to this policy of separating children from their parents. While these parents did break our laws by entering the United States illegally, I do not believe our country should respond by tearing these families apart. With the exception of those legitimately seeking asylum from oppressive regimes, all those who enter illegally should be deported. “Let’s be very clear about this – the chaos at our border will continue until we secure the border. Washington’s failure to secure our border has been a bi-partisan failure for many decades. Bill Nelson first went to Washington when Jimmy Carter was President. Since that time, he has done nothing to secure our borders. He has done nothing to fix our broken immigration system. In 40 years, he has done nothing but talk. Does he want another 40 years to work on it? Washington is full of career politicians who are all talk but who produce no results, and Bill Nelson is exhibit A. “Now Bill Nelson has signed on to a bill in the Senate which would make ‘catch and release’ our new law at the border. This extremely liberal idea is a recipe for an open border. Legal immigration makes our country stronger; illegal immigration makes our country weaker. Bill Nelson favors open borders; I favor securing our border. Bill Nelson favors ‘catch and release;’ I favor ‘catch and send back’. So yes, there’s a legitimate disagreement.”

Florida Police Chiefs Association Endorses Gov. Rick Scott For U.S. Senate

Jun. 23, 2018

The endorsement follows the roll out of Governor Scott’s Florida Strong Coalition, which is made up of law enforcement and public safety advocates from across the state who want Florida to be the safest state in the nation – and who are ready to elect a new leader to the U.S. Senate that will take action to make that happen. HIALEAH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott joined the Florida Police Chiefs Association in Hialeah to announce their endorsement of the governor’s campaign for U.S. Senate. This is the first time the Florida Police Chiefs Association, which includes more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives, has endorsed a federal or U.S. Senate campaign. The Florida Police Chiefs Association recognized Governor Scott’s leadership during times of crisis, his commitment to maintaining open communication with law enforcement leaders, and his work championing investments and legislation that have supported public safety. Governor Rick Scott said, “It has been an honor to partner with Florida law enforcement during my time as governor to keep our families, visitors and communities safe, and I am proud to accept the unprecedented endorsement of the Florida Police Chiefs Association today. The Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida’s law enforcement officials have worked nonstop to protect our state, even in the face of extreme challenges, which has helped Florida’s crime rate reach a 47-year low. I look forward to continuing to work together to bring our focus on public safety to Washington. Amy Mercer, Executive Director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, said, “Governor Rick Scott is a true friend and partner to law enforcement across the state and it is an honor to offer our endorsement of his bid for the U.S. Senate. Today’s endorsement is a historic milestone for the Florida Police Chiefs Association as the first endorsement of a candidate for U.S. Senate. Governor Scott has demonstrated leadership in the face of immense challenges over the past seven and a half years, and unlike many career politicians in Washington, when Governor Scott makes a commitment, he follows through. Governor Scott has been a champion for public safety and a great friend to the law enforcement community, and we look forward to continuing to work with him to protect our families and communities once he is a member of the U.S. Senate.”

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