Scott also started to repair his relations with teacher and state-worker unions by calling for pay raises, instead of layoffs and de facto pay cuts.
At the same time, the economy is improving and Scott is well positioned to take the credit.
The Republican Party of Florida is sending out frequent reminders about the drop in unemployment — and the tough times under his predecessor, Charlie Crist, who might run against Scott as a Democrat.
That’s part of the job of being the executive; you get blamed or credited if the economy is bad or good.
And form letters, too, are part of the job.
The student letters are at the least a decent way for the governor to give students a deserved attaboy. Those who achieve a perfect score on a subject test are supposed to receive a personalized letter and a certificate; those who do well on subject tests are to get non-personalized letters.
Meantime, Scott is putting his pen to other uses. He’s making much of his “One Way Ticket to Florida” letter-writing campaign to woo businesses in five Democratically held states — California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota.
Also, in Florida, those who get a business license have received a form letter from the governor addressed to “Dear Business Professional.”
“I find this letter disturbing. The Governor has undoubtedly used taxpayer funds for self-service of his political office and future,” Gail Ellyson, who re-upped her Florida Broker’s License, wrote The Miami Herald in a recent email. “I resent my tax dollars being used for a tagalong political comment with my renewal.”
Said the governor’s office in a written response: “Applauding the work of business leaders in our state is a part of the Governor’s focus on job creation.”
It’s also part of his focus on getting reelected.