“I want to make sure we have a healthcare safety net that has access to quality care that we can afford,” Scott said.
What has Scott done to make healthcare more affordable? Nothing directly so far. At least 1 in 5 residents is uninsured in Florida. Scott said he’s concentrating on job-creation — cutting taxes on businesses, for instance, to spur more hiring.
“The more people get back to work, the more people have healthcare coverage,” said Scott, who plugged a manufacturing tax cut.
The jobs-jobs-jobs message carried the day for Scott in 2010.
Since then, Florida’s economy has improved. Businesses are hiring. The unemployment rate is falling. At Goya on Friday, he learned that there’s a nationwide bean conference for grocers and food distributors every year. And he vowed to try to get that held in Florida. Ever dollar, every convention, every visitor counts.
The job statistics and Scott’s determination should help him in 2014.
But there’s a chance voters might not give him the credit he hopes for when it comes to the economy, which is improving across the nation.
Scott is still undoing problems partly of his own making, from cutting education spending his first year to angering I-4 Corridor leaders when he cancelled federal bullet-train money.
Scott is calling for more and more schools money. He’s more accessible to lawmakers and the news media. And he launched his workday program last year in a nod to the workdays of former Democratic Gov. Bob Graham, one of the state’s most-popular political figures.
But if he doesn’t get his numbers right or if voters don’t see the friendly guy at Goya, all the governor’s workdays might not amount to a hill of beans.