REPUBLICAN PARTY OF FLORIDA RELEASES NEW AD: “CAN’T AFFORD CRIST”
Charlie Crist Made It Harder For Students To Open “Doorways”
TALLAHASSEE – Today, the Republican Party of Florida released a new ad, “Can’t Afford Crist.” The ad separates the myths versus the facts on the education records of Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. While Crist claims to open “doorways” for students, Floridians know he left schools in worse shape and hurt students with higher tuition.
AD FACTS: “CAN’T AFFORD CRIST”
CHYRON: Orlando Sentinel, July 23, 2014, “New Crist ad, same MISLEADING education claims”
CHARLIE CRIST: Rick Scott’s education cuts are closing that door on Florida’s kids.
VOICE: Really? No Governor in Florida history invested more in education than Rick Scott.
CHYRON: FACT: Rick Scott got record total funding for schools, more than any other Governor. Tampa Bay Times, 6/2/2014
Under Rick Scott’s Budget, “The Bottom Line-Number For K-12 Schools Of $20.7 Billion In The Largest In History …” (Steve Bousquet, “Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs State Budget, Vetoes Just $69 Million In Spending,” The Tampa Bay Times, 6/2/14)
CHARLIE CRIST: Spending almost $200 less per student than when I was Governor.
VOICE: When he was Governor, Crist cut education spending by 550 dollars per student.
CHYRON: FACT: Crist left schools in worse shape – $550 worse per student in state funds. Florida Department of Education, 2013.
Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left Schools With $559.32 Less Per Student In State Funds Than His First Budget. In the first budget Charlie Crist signed (FY 2007-2008), per-student state K-12 funding was at $7,126.33. In the last budget Charlie Crist, signed (FY 2010-2011), total per student state K-12 funding was at $6,567.01. The difference is $559.32. (“Ten Year History Of State and Local School Funding,” Florida Department of Education)
CHARLIE CRIST: And cutting Bright Futures Scholarships in half.
VOICE: It was Crist who made college more expensive, by 15 percent every year.
CHYRON: FACT: Crist allowed college tuition to increase by 15 percent per year. Tampa Bay Times, 5/27/2009.
CHARLIE CRIST: And together, we can do it again.
VOICE: Sorry, Charlie. That’s what we can’t afford.
CHYRON: Sorry, Charlie.
VOICE: Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.
CHYRON: Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.
In 2009, Crist Allowed 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)
Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida