Today, two major newspapers tore Rick Scott to pieces over his inability to create jobs: The Herald and the Times examined some 342 job-creation deals (handouts, if you prefer) that involve various tax breaks since Scott took office just two years ago.
Here are the key things to know about Scott and his promise to create jobs:
• Of the jobs Scott can influence most, only a fraction now exist. Scott has pledged $266 million in tax breaks and other incentives in return for 45,258 new jobs. But 96 percent of the jobs have yet to materialize, according to state data.
• The total number of new jobs Scott ultimately might deliver doesn’t offset the jobs lost at companies with more than 100 workers in the same time period. Between January 2011 and November 2013, large Florida employers reported 49,163 layoffs, according to federal data.
• Nearly 14 percent of Scott’s deals — 46 in all — have collapsed for various reasons, the state says, and more projects are dormant.
• Florida offers tax breaks in most cases only when a company creates the jobs it promised, and $45 million sits idle waiting to be claimed by companies that have not yet reached hiring goals.
• The jobs outlook isn’t better in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, where Scott inked deals to create 5,456 jobs in exchange for $25.2 million tax incentives and breaks. Jobs created to date: 61.
Florida, if you give this man anything other than a kick in the ass and an unemployment slip of his own, you deserve everything he inflicts upon you.
Tax cuts don't create jobs without some sort of mechanism on the other side that, you know, requires companies to actually hire people and put them to work. The business community in Florida has to be so thrilled with the idea of another term with Rick Scott running things that I would be willing to bet you that they are going to start giving him paper sacks full of cash to stay in office.