Facts for Florida
Under Charlie Crist, from December 2006 to December 2010, Florida lost 828,000 private-sector jobs and unemployment rose from 3.5 percent to 11.1 percent. That 7.6 percentage point jump was the second largest increase in unemployment out of all 50 states. Under Rick Scott, from December 2010 to September 2014, Florida has gained 651,300 private-sector jobs and unemployment has gone down from 11.1 percent to 6.1 percent. That 5.0 percentage point drop is the second largest decrease in unemployment out of all 50 states.
Charlie Crist’s last budget left K-12 schools with $1.4 billion less – or $550 less per student – in state funding than his first budget. Rick Scott’s budget this year gives K–12 schools $1.5 billion more – or $370 more per student – in state funding than Crist’s last budget. While Charlie Crist signed legislation allowing public colleges and universities to increase tuition up to 15 percent every year, Rick Scott repealed that law, getting rid of the 15 percent annual tuition hikes.
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