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Setting The Record Straight: New Ad From Florida Democratic Party Misleads On Education Records Of Rick Scott Vs. Charlie Crist

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
New Ad From Florida Democratic Party Misleads On Education Records Of Rick Scott Vs. Charlie Crist 

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR JOHN THRASHER,
CHAIRMAN, RICK SCOTT FOR FLORIDA:

“Charlie Crist presided over the layoffs of thousands of Florida teachers, tax increases and college tuition increases on the middle class, and never gave teachers a pay raise. No wonder Charlie Crist still hasn’t released the education policy he said would be ready in June. He has no record on education and no vision for where to take our education system in the future.”

WHILE RICK SCOTT HAS PROVIDED RECORD FUNDING
FOR K-12 SCHOOLS, IT WAS CHARLIE CRIST
WHO LEFT THOSE SCHOOLS IN WORSE SHAPE

Florida Democratic Party Claims Rick Scott Doesn’t Side With Students And Parents On Education. “He didn’t side with students and parents when Rick Scott cut education funding by over a billion dollars.” (Florida Democratic Party, “Why?” 7/1/14)

  • After Charlie Crist Left Florida With A $3.6 Billion Budget Shortfall, Governor Rick Scott Cleaned Up Crist’s Mess And Has Now Provided K-12 Schools With The Highest Total Education Spending In Florida History. Florida Gov. Rick Scott vowed Tuesday to make his state the ‘most fiscally conservative’ in the country, as he previewed a budget proposal that he says will close Florida’s $3.6 billion deficit while making the climate more attractive to businesses. The newly elected Republican governor is trying to balance his pledge to cut the deficit with a campaign promise to slash property and businesses taxes.”; “Gov. Rick Scott says his budget request will include record levels of spending for all levels of Florida’s education system … Scott’s budget includes $18.8 billion for K-12 education, including $10.6 billion from state funds.” (“Florida Gov. Rick Scott Vows To Close $3.6B Deficit, Make State ‘Most Fiscally Conservative,” Fox News, 2/1/11; Matt Dixon, “Rick Scott’s Budget Request Includes $542 Million Boost For K-12 Education,” Jacksonville Times-Union, 1/27/2014)
  • Last Year, Governor Scott Provided $480 Million In Teacher Pay Raises, Receiving Praise From President Of Florida’s Teachers Union. “FEA thanks Governor Scott for his efforts to provide an immediate across-the-board pay increase to Florida’s classroom teachers in recognition of their demonstrated performance which has brought Florida’s education system to sixth in the nation. FEA applauds the infusion of additional resources into public education as was proposed by the Governor.” (Press Release, “Governor Rick Scott And Florida Teachers Applaud $480 Million To Give Every Teacher A Pay Raise,” Gov. Rick Scott, 4/28/13)
  • Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left K-12 Schools With Nearly $1.4 Billion Less Than His First Budget. In the first budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2007-2008), total K-12 funding was at $18,751,344,667. In the last budget Charlie Crist, signed (FY 2010-2011), total K-12 funding was at $17,353,385,926. The difference is $1,397,958,741. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education)

WHILE RICK SCOTT HAS WON THE FIGHT TO KEEP
TUITION LOW, IT WAS CHARLIE CRIST WHO RAISED
TUITION BY 15 PERCENT EVERY YEAR

Florida Democratic Party Claims Rick Scott Doesn’t Side With Working And Middle-Class Families Because Of Tuition. “Working and middle-class families? Nope. Not on their side when Scott’s cuts forced tuition increases at eleven Florida universities. Why would he do it? Whose side was Rick Scott on?” (Florida Democratic Party, “Why?” 7/1/14)

  • In 2009, Charlie Crist Signed A Budget Allowing College Tuition To Be Raised Up To 15 Percent Per Year. “Instead, this is a budget patched together with federal stimulus money, gambling proceeds, higher cigarette taxes and increased fees. Without the federal money, public education would have faced further cuts instead of a $25 increase per student. A tuition increase of up to 15 percent covers up another cut of more than $100 million in general revenue to universities.” (Editorial, “Patchwork Budget Only Short-Term Fix,” The Tampa Bay Times, 5/27/2009)
  • But Rick Scott And The Legislature Repealed Charlie Crist’s Policy That Allowed Colleges And Universities To Raise Tuition Automatically By Up To 15 Percent Per Year. The Senate passed the measure (HB 581) Thursday on a 26-13 vote … It eliminates the ability of public universities and colleges to raise tuition up to 15 percent without lawmakers’ approval. The University of Florida and Florida State University are carved out, and would be allowed to increase tuition up to 6 percent without legislative approval under the bill.” (Matt Dixon, “In-State Tuition For Students Here Illegally Set To Pass After Senate Approval,” The Florida Times-Union, 5/1/14)
  • Because Of Rick Scott’s Repeal Of Charlie Crist’s Tuition Increase, “Cost Of Prepaid College Tuition Will Fall By Thousands In Florida.” “Overshadowed when Gov. Rick Scott signed into law this week a measure that allows some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition was a provision that could lower the cost of prepaid college tuition by up to $20,000.” (Brandon Larrabee, “Cost Of Prepaid College Tuition Will Fall By Thousands In Florida,” News Service Of Florida, 6/11/14)
  • All 23 Florida State Colleges With Baccalaureate Degrees Have Accepted Rick Scott’s $10,000 Degree Challenges. “Gov. Rick Scott announced today that all 23 of Florida’s state college that currently produce bachelor’s degrees have signed onto his challenge to create $10,000 programs. Scott first issued the challenge in November, and immediately 12 college signed on to create new bachelor’s degree programs that can be obtained for about $3,000 less than average the cost of a bachelor’s degree at state colleges and well below the cost of obtaining a four-year degree from a state university.” (Tia Mitchell, “23 State Colleges Sign On To Gov. Rick Scott’s $10,000 Degree Challenge,” Tampa Bay Times, 1/28/14)
  • Lakeland Ledger: Governor Scott Has “Won The Fight To Keep College Tuition Low.” “Gov. Rick Scott has already won his fight to keep tuition low for Florida students attending state colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, Scott’s $74.2 billion budget plan, which he announced this week, did not include any tuition increases for the coming year. Last year, Scott vetoed a 3 percent boost for colleges and universities, which would have raised $45 million for those schools.” (Lloyd Dunkelberger, “Scott Has Already Won Fight To Keep Tuition Down,” Lakeland Ledger, 2/1/14)

WHILE RICK SCOTT PROVIDES RECORD FUNDING FOR
SCHOOLS AND TAX CUTS FOR ALL FLORIDIANS AT
THE SAME TIME, CHARLIE CRIST RAISED TAXES AND
LEFT SCHOOLS IN WORSE SHAPE

Florida Democratic Party Claims Rick Scott Cut Education For Tax Breaks For Big Corporations. “Scott cut education to pay for even more tax breaks for big, powerful, well-connected corporations. With his education cuts and tuition increases, Rick Scott’s not on your side.” (Florida Democratic Party, “Why?” 7/1/14)

  • In May 2009, Charlie Crist Signed Budget That Included $2.2 Billion In Tax And Fee Increases Including Higher Fees On Drivers Licenses And Motor Vehicle Tags. Breaking a pledge against raising taxes, Gov. Charlie Crist signed Florida’s $66.5 billion budget into law Wednesday and barely used his veto pen … Also, the budget includes $2.2 billion in new fees and taxes. Much of the new revenue comes from a $1-a-pack cigarette tax and higher fees on driving licenses and motor vehicle tags. Those who use the court system, visit state parks and even those who fish from beaches and bridges will pay more in fees … By not vetoing the new taxes, Crist violated a no-new-taxes pledge he made on the campaign trail in 2006. He also has signed an anti-tax pledge geared toward governors, written by the conservative Washington group Americans for Tax Reform. Earlier this month, the Republican governor signed a similar no-new-taxes pledge for federal candidates now that he’s running for the U.S. Senate.”(Marc Caputo, “Gov Crist Signs $66.5 Billion Budget, Breaks Tax Pledge,” The Miami Herald, 5/27/09)
  • At The Same Time, Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left K-12 Schools With Nearly $1.4 Billion Less Than His First Budget. In the first budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2007-2008), total K-12 funding was at $18,751,344,667. In the last budget Charlie Crist, signed (FY 2010-2011), total K-12 funding was at $17,353,385,926. The difference is $1,397,958,741. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education)
  • Governor Scott Has Signed 40 Tax Cuts For Florida Families And Businesses Including Rolling Back Crist’s Vehicle Registration Fee Increases This Year, A Nearly $400 Million Tax Cut. “Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on Wednesday which rolls back vehicle-registration fees that were increased in 2009. The measure was one of Scott’s top priorities for the legislative session. ‘Last winter, we announced our intent to return $500 million to Floridians by cutting taxes. Today, we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations. This will result in an annual savings of $25 per typical motor vehicle and will let families keep nearly $400 million of their hard-earned money in their own pockets—because it’s their money,’ said Scott in a statement.” (“Gov. Scott Signs Off On Cut In Vehicle Registration Fees,” CBS Miami, 4/2/14)  
  • At The Same Time, Governor Scott Has Now Provided K-12 Schools With The Highest Total Education Spending In Florida History.  “Gov. Rick Scott says his budget request will include record levels of spending for all levels of Florida’s education system … Scott’s budget includes $18.8 billion for K-12 education, including $10.6 billion from state funds.” (Matt Dixon, “Rick Scott’s Budget Request Includes $542 Million Boost For K-12 Education,” Jacksonville Times-Union, 1/27/2014)

POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED
BY RICK SCOTT, REPUBLICAN, FOR GOVERNOR.

CONTACT: Greg Blair

 

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