Gov. Rick Scott's Office 'Sets the Record Straight' on Jobs
Around the State
The following is a press statement Gov. Rick Scott's office released early Monday in answer to the Miami Herald weekend story, "Many Promises, Few Jobs," which the newspaper promises is the first in a series of three stories.
“In the four years before Governor Scott took office, hundreds of thousands of jobs had been lost. Since the governor took office, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created. Under Governor Scott, companies are choosing to move to Florida from other states, reversing years when Florida was considered uncompetitive for job-creation projects. There is no doubt that Governor Scott’s job-creation policies are working. But, there is still more work to be done to develop an opportunity economy that creates jobs for generations to come.” -- Melissa Sellers, communications director,MYTH: “Of the jobs Scott can influence most, only a fraction now exist.”
FACT: The Miami Herald’s statement ignores the many state economic policies that support economic growth beyond just those companies that compete for state incentive funds. Economic policies including tax cuts, and repealing burdensome regulations contribute to increased business investment and job creation. Florida added more jobs in the month of October than any other state in the country. The state’s addition of more than 440,000 new private-sector jobs under Governor Scott stands in sharp contrast to the more than 800,000 jobs lost in the four years before Governor Scott took office. CEO Magazine now ranks Florida No. 2 in the nation for job creation, up from No. 6 in 2010, before the governor took office.
MYTH: “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.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to acknowledge the creation of 440,000 private-sector jobs under Governor Scott, and incorrectly makes an apples-to-apples comparison between job gains through incentive deals with a select group of companies that adjusted their employment for any reason whatsoever over the same time.
MYTH: “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.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that many of these projects have timelines from five to 10 years. Governor Scott has only been in office for about three years, leaving many years for companies to meet their legally binding job-creation/capital investment goals.
MYTH: “Two years after Scott agreed to spend $250,000 renovating a Kissimmee warehouse for Colt's Manufacturing Co. the building sits empty.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to include that under Colt’s agreement with the state, the company’s jobs are not due until the end of calendar year 2013.
MYTH: “Nearly a year after Scott hailed news of 350 jobs at a sawmill in struggling Suwannee County, construction is just beginning.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that this company is facing delays at their construction site due to naturally occurring sinkholes.
FACT: Additionally, the jobs for this project are not contractually due to the state until the end of calendar year 2013 and 2014.
MYTH: “For hundreds of other projects, the state website that tracks jobs data, Floridajobs.org,, shows the same number of jobs created during Scott's tenure: 0.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that each of the projects listed on the economic development portal have their own timeline for job-creation/capital investment. Many company timelines average around five to 10 years, and Governor Scott has only been in office for about three years – leaving many years for companies to meet their legally binding job-creation requirements with the state.
MYTH: “For example, Bi-Lo Holdings, corporate parent of the Winn-Dixie grocery chain, stands to get $3.6 million in incentives to keep its headquarters in Jacksonville and create 100 new jobs over 11 years. That's a $36,000 bonus for every job created, the highest cost per job of any incentive deal during Scott's term, according to the Times and Herald analysis. State officials say the figure is so high because Bi-Lo also agreed to retain 891 existing jobs at an average salary of $81,000 and make $81 million in capital investments. The state and Bi-Lo struck the deal on June 1, 2012, but 18 months later, the state confirms zero Bi-Lo jobs.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that Bi-Lo’s agreement has already retained 891 jobs and the company’s new jobs are not due under their agreement until the end of calendar year 2013.
FACT: The Miami Herald incorrectly reports that the per-job incentive total is “$36,000.” It is, in fact, $3,633.
MYTH: “Evolution promises to hire 40 people over the next two years -- salesmen, mechanics, accountants -- with an average salary of $40,000. The company is starting small, with a sales center in a small building. The state lists no jobs created yet.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that the jobs under the agreement for this project are not due until the end of calendar year 2013.
MYTH: “Home Source, a maker of furniture, lighting and textile products, plans to employ 303 people at an average wage of $14 an hour in a region desperate for jobs. Scott approved $1.4 million in immediate incentives in May 2012 that paid for improvements to the building, but the jobs are slow in coming: the company says 23 so far.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that the jobs for this project under their agreement are not due until the end of 2013. Additionally, these incentive funds under the agreement go to the local government to reimburse the cost of the facility renovations.
MYTH: “He has offered tax breaks and incentives for a Sam’s Club discount store in St. Petersburg, a Miami-Dade Walmart …”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that the Brownfield incentive focuses on the redevelopment of blighted site and is not dependent on wage requirements like most other incentives.
MYTH: “Navy Federal Credit Union plans 1,500 jobs in Pensacola by the same year.”
FACT: The Miami Herald fails to report that Navy Federal’s 2012 project is more than a year ahead of schedule in their job-creation requirements. They have retained 1,944 people, created 140 net new jobs, and also purchased land at more than $3.75 million for a portion of their capital investment requirements.
MYTH: “A $280,000 sales tax refund for DTW covers the moving costs of all 40 employees, Statile said. The incentive was a factor, but so were Florida's lack of a state personal income tax and the island's proximity to the ocean.”
FACT: Pam Statile, president, dtw Marketing Research Group Inc., said, “A number of factors went into our decision to move to Florida, including the business friendliness of the state, the absence of income tax, the weather, the ocean, the labor pool, AND the tax refund incentive. We never intended to move 40 employees and will not; the balance between those who have moved (14 employees) would be new, local hires. We do not look at the incentive as a cost offset to our moving employees, I’m not even sure the maximum incentive will cover the cost of relocation.”