TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As Gov. Rick Scott rounds out his first full day in office, he's already taking steps to fulfill his promise of bringing new businesses and thousands of jobs to Florida. Among his first acts, Scott signed orders to cut spending and curb heavy-handed government.
"Regulations are killing jobs, so we are going to make sure we run the state like we run a business," Scott told reporters.
Scott vows to create 700-thousand jobs in seven years. Some goals can be achieved through executive orders, agency oversight, and good relationships with businesses. But the rest will need lawmaker approval.
It helps that Republicans have a super-majority in Tallahassee. But it's Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll who, analysts say, could be his biggest asset in working with lawmakers. Carroll served seven years in the House, earning the respect of both parties.
"Jennifer Carroll will be a huge asset to Governor Scott," says U.S.F. political professor Susan MacManus. "She has a lot of friends in the legislature. She knows the legislative process, but more importantly she reads the public really well."
Gov. Scott says he also wants to reform education by expanding the school voucher program. But that would require an amendment to the state's constitution, and 60 percent approval by the state's voters.