When Scott called for selling the state airplane in February 2011, he said: “Burdening taxpayers with these ongoing expenses is irresponsible and not a core function for government to meet the state’s critical needs.” (Scott earned a Promise Kept on PolitiFact Florida’s Scott-O-Meter which keeps track of his promises.)
In April 2011, Scott was interviewed on Fox Business News and talked about eliminating teacher tenure and watching how we spend every dollar. Then he said: “We go back to core functions. All of these things are important and we’re going to get them — we’re going to get them done.”
A spokesperson for Scott did not directly address our questions about Scott’s views on what is a “core function.”
“The governor has always said he is focused on three things: jobs, education and cost of living,” said Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz in an email.
The Florida Democratic Party said in a press release that Scott called education “not a ‘core function’ of the state.”
The Democrats point to Scott’s 2011 comments about his budget proposal that included massive and wide-ranging cuts — including to education. Scott called for focusing on “core functions” of the state.
Scott cut the education budget in a year when he talked about funding for “core functions.” But he never specifically said education was not a “core function.” It’s a stretch and a leap of logic for Florida Democrats to claim otherwise.
We rate this claim False.