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New Crist Ad, Our PRE-sponse

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We’ve found another unannounced TV ad that Charlie Crist has started airing. The ad is called “Every Day,” with Crist telling Floridians they “deserve a fair shot and a Governor who will fight for you.”

Please see below for my “PRE-sponse” as well as some facts setting the record straight on Charlie Crist’s record vs. Governor Scott’s successes.

Matt Moon
Communications Director
Rick Scott for Florida

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Charlie Crist’s Definition Of “Fair Shot” Is More Taxes,
Higher Tuition And Less Money For Schools

STATEMENT FROM MATT MOON, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, RICK SCOTT FOR FLORIDA: “It’s laughable for Charlie Crist to claim he’ll give people a ‘fair shot.’ In his alternate universe, Charlie Crist’s definition of helping Floridians is increasing their taxes by $2.2 billion, increasing college tuition by 15 percent every year, and taking nearly $1.4 billion in state funds away from schools. The only person Crist is fighting for is himself.”

In Ad, Charlie Crist Says “Almost Every Day, People Say To Me, ‘Charlie, I’m Working Hard, But I’m Stressed Out.’ It’s Bills, Taxes, Trying To Save For Retirement. These Are The Folks I’m Fighting For.” (Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor Ad, 8/6/14)

  • But It Was Charlie Crist Who 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)In Ad, Charlie Crist Says “Almost Every Day, People Say To Me, ‘Charlie, I’m Working Hard, But I’m Stressed Out.’ It’s Bills, Taxes, Trying To Save For Retirement. These Are The Folks I’m Fighting For.” (Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor Ad, 8/6/14)
  • And Crist Signed Budget That Included $2.2 Billion In Tax Increases, Breaking His Promise To Never Raise Taxes. 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.” (Marc Caputo, “Gov Crist Signs $66.5 Billion Budget, Breaks Tax Pledge,” The Miami Herald, 5/27/09)
  • Crist Told MSNBC He Wouldn’t Rule Out Raising Taxes If Elected Governor Again. CRIST: “I don’t like to raise taxes. I don’t know that anybody really enjoys the idea of doing that, I did it as governor though.”  MSNBC’s ED SCHULTZ: “Would you do it again?” CRIST: “If necessary, I would.” (MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Show, 11/18/13)
  • Governor Scott Has Signed 40 Tax Cuts For All Florida Families And Businesses To Benefit, 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)  
  • And Rick Scott 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)

In Ad, Charlie Crist Says “We Put More Into Schools.” (Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor Ad, 8/6/14)

  • But Charlie Crist’s Last Budget Left K-12 Schools With Nearly $1.4 Billion Less In State Funding 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)
  • 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)

In Ad, Charlie Crist Says “We Saved The Jobs Of 20,000 Teachers.” (Florida Democratic Party/Charlie Crist for Governor Ad, 8/6/14)

  • Charlie Crist’s Education Cuts Led To More Than 3,000 Teachers Being Laid Off. “Education funding was slashed, forcing schools and universities to cut budgets, reduce enrollments and eliminate staff. Public schools will lose $332 million in the budget sent to Gov. Charlie Crist — a cut that amounts to $131 for each student.”; Center for Economic and Policy Research layoffs source list notes 3,688 teachers that were laid off in 2008-2009. (Christopher Boyd, “Selling Of Florida May Be Tougher Because Of Budget Cuts,” The Orlando Sentinel, 5/28/08; Matt Sherman and Nathan Lane, “Cut Loose: State And Local Layoffs Of Public Employees In The Current Recession,” Citation 1, “Layoffs Source List,” Center for Economic and Policy Research, September 2009)
  • It’s Governor Scott Who 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)

 

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