Rick Scott rode into the Governors Office on his high horse and a promise to create 700,000 jobs in the State of Florida. Now I am not exactly sure what percentage of those jobs would come to Marion County but one would think we have earned at least a few hundred or more considering our size and population plus the higher than average unemployment rates.
The sad reality is that since Rick Scott took control in November Marion County has lost approximately 2600 of our much needed jobs. That’s not exactly what we were told and I’m just wondering how bad things will get with his focus on taking care of his cronies in the pharmaceuticals and prison industries plus making sure poor people aren’t getting high on food stamps. The unemployment rate is actually a little better at 12.6% right now and under the 14% it averaged when he took over but the bottom line is we are losing more jobs then we are creating and I don’t see much of any action or a plan to actually put people hack to work.
I can agree we need to cut spending although I don’t think these cuts should start at the bottom and work up. I think we need to cut the budget from the top down in order to trim the real fat. Reducing spending is great for government but what about small business owners and the backbone of the American workforce? What is being done to support Marion County employers and employees?
Let’s hope that Rick Scott get’s focused on doing his job and keeping his promise of creating jobs in Florida and Marion county specifically. If not some of us might have to leave the State so he can continue to show a decline overall in the unemployment rate.