Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media at the Jacksonville Landing.
Governor Rick Scott is crediting Florida’s latest unemployment numbers to cutting taxes, paying debts, and balancing the budget.
According to the Department of labor, unemployment in the state dropped to 7.7 percent last month. This is the lowest rate since October of 2008. Just a year ago the unemployment rate stood at 9 percent. Florida is now on par with the national average.
Governor Scott says his economic plan for the state of Florida is working. He noted the state has added nearly 300,000 private sector jobs under his leadership. Scott now has a message for President Barack Obama on the heels of his trip to Port Miami Friday.
“While we’re happy to host the President, we hoped to hear a commitment to reimburse Florida taxpayers the millions of dollars the state invested for the federal portion of port projects in Miami and Jacksonville.”
The governor says he hopes the reimbursement will be included in President Obama’s upcoming budget proposal. Scott says Florida taxpayers have already contributed 425 million dollars in tax money to Florida’s ports.
In the meantime, Scott says he will not wait on Washington to grow Florida’s economy. The governor says he will continue to invest in Florida ports to make the state a top hub for international commerce.
“We’ll continue making targeted port investments to grow jobs and opportunities for Florida families.”