NAPLES, Fla. - Creating jobs was the top campaign priority for incoming Florida Governor Rick Scott, and it's a message he's sticking to while preparing to take office.
"I believe this will be the number one state for job creation," Gov.-Elect Scott told reporters in Naples Monday.
The governor-elect following his campaign theme to "get to work," especially on a promise to deliver 700,000 new jobs to Florida.
"I'm not waiting until January, I'm working today," Scott said. "I'm calling companies and learning more about how we can get people to move their jobs here."
Scott returned to his hometown of Naples Monday for the first of a series of meetings with state legislators on how to make those new jobs a reality. A round table of local lawmakers shared their thoughts on dropping taxes, cutting spending, and reducing regulations.
"Its incredibly refreshing to have a governor actually sit down and want to hear our ideas," said state Rep. Matt Hudson, a Naples Republican who was part of the discussion.
The incoming governor was also defending plans to bring back the tradition of an inaugural ball. He says any party would be privately funded, celebrating optimism and opportunity.
"I'm going to bring a fresh look, I'm going to bring a focused plan, to get the state back to work, I think we ought to celebrate those things," Scott said.