By Javier Manjarres
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott recently released his 2013-2014 fiscal budget, and instead of making all Floridians read all of the text in the document, or leave it to the media to try interpret what is written, the Governor’s office just put out these nifty bullet points outlining the Governor’s past accomplishments. While Scott popularity continues to struggle, these numbers, and the prospect of better economic days in the near future for Florida, will undoubtedly bolster Scotts re-election campaign, and chances to defeat the Charlie Crists in gubernatioral race.
One of the budgets points that stands on its own is the 80% business tax cut the Florida business will receive as a result of the proposed budget.
- $1.2 billion: Overall savings in budget.
· 3: Governor Scott submitted Florida’s three smallest budgets in the last decade (adjusted for inflation and population growth).
· 14 years: Largest decline in size of state government workforce per 1,000 residents over last 14 years.
· 1994: State debt was paid down in the 2013-2014 budget for the first time since 1994.
· 2.2 million: Increase in Florida’s population since Governor Jeb Bush submitted his third budget.
· 8: Number of state workers per 1,000 Florida residents in Governor Jeb Bush’s 3rd budget.
· 5.2: Number of state workers per 1,000 Florida residents in Governor Scott’s budget.
· 5%: Due to a 5% decline in recidivism rate over the past 2 years, Department of Corrections employees will receive performance incentives.
- $30.4 million: $30.4 million saved from contract renegotiations and lease savings.
· $44 million: Lowering Florida’s prison recidivism rate saved $44 million.
· $132 million: Florida saved $132 million from consolidating 19 correctional facilities.
- 3,647: Elimination of 3,647 state positions (3.1 percent).
· 80%: Governor Scott’s budget eliminates business taxes for 80% of Florida businesses ($19.7 million).
- $141 billion: Florida companies will save an estimated $141 billion annually with the elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment.
· 14: Privatizing 14 work release centers will save taxpayers $4.4 million.
· $1.1 million: Electronic submission of tax returns saves $1.1 million.
- $3.5 million: Florida saved $3.5 million by reducing juvenile crime.