Saturday, October 1, 2011

Florida Gov. Scott Backtracks On Job Growth Numbers

Arithmetical revisionism? Fuzzy math? No matter what it's called, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is changing the numbers in his jobs growth promise:

Gov. Rick Scott said this week that Florida is making progress attracting new business but changed his arithmetic on how many jobs the state must create to meet his No. 1 campaign pledge.

Scott made it clear as a candidate last year that his plan to create 700,000 jobs in seven years was in addition to the jobs Florida would generate by itself as it recovered from the recession. At the time, state economists predicted that would be about 1 million jobs.

"Our plan,'' Scott said in an October 2010 debate, "is on top of what normal growth would be.''

But this week, the governor gave a different answer. "Your pledge was for 700,000 in addition to normal growth, wasn't it?'' Scott was asked during a meeting with the Sun Sentinel editorial board.

No, he replied, "700,000.''

… Since Scott took office in January, projections have worsened. Wells Fargo, for instance, lowered its estimates of job growth in Florida next year from 175,000 to 64,000.

"It's going to take at least 10 years for Florida to return to normal,'' [Mark] Vitner [an economist with Wells Fargo bank] said.

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