Could Gov. Scott hit jobs goal early?

Could Gov. Scott hit jobs goal early? (Image 1)

As he prepares for his second inauguration, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday indicated he might make good on a promise from his first campaign early. 

“We’ll hopefully be at 700,000 jobs in four years instead of seven,” Scott said during a stop at Citi Group in Tampa. 

Running for governor in 2010, Scott promised 700,000 jobs created over seven years. However, whether he hits his goal early depends on how you define a detail of the promise: that it would be on top of regular expected growth. 

“Our plan is seven steps to 700,000 jobs and that plan is on top of what normal growth would be,” Scott said during an October 2010 debate. 

Pressed by a moderator who noted that economists put normal growth at about a million jobs and that he would be looking at “an awful lot of jobs” with a tally of 1.7 million, Scott replied: “We’re going to grow this state.”

Asked about the regular growth caveat during his stop in Tampa, Scott pointed to the job losses the state was experiencing during the economic downturn before he took office, and the rebound in jobs and employment that have taken place since. 

“Regular growth would have been losing 800,000 jobs,” Scott said on Monday.

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