On Friday, outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the committees he will be a member of as he goes into the Senate in January.The committees that Senator-elect Scott will be a member of include the Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Special Committee on Aging and the Committee on the Budget.
In response to being enlisted for those committees, Scott commented that he is “honored to continue fighting for Florida families in the U.S. Senate and look forward to serving on committees that will work to find innovative solutions to some of our nation’s most complex issues. I am excited to focus on continuing to promote economic growth and lowering taxes, improving transparency and accountability in government spending, supporting veterans, military members and their families and investing in the safety and security of our nation. I will build on the success we’ve had in Florida over the last eight years to ensure that every person in our state has the opportunity to get a quality education, a great job and raise a family in one of the safest states in the nation.”
As he steps down from being Governor of the sunshine state because of term-limits, Governor Scott leaves behind an unemployment rate that keeps dropping. Most recently, in November, the unemployment rate dropped from 3.4% to 3.3%, which is the lowest rate Florida has seen in 12 years.
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His office released a statement commenting on the matter, saying that “Every county in Florida has experienced a drop in the unemployment rate since December 2010. Florida businesses have created more than 1.67 million private-sector jobs since December 2010, including 23,000 private-sector jobs in November. Over the past year, 251,200 new private-sector jobs were created in Florida. Florida’s annual job growth rate has outpaced the nation for 79 of the past 80 months. The only month that Florida did not exceed the nation was due to Hurricane Irma.”
As a member of the Senate, he hopes to be as effective as he’s been as Governor of the state.