What They Are Saying…Floridians on Gov. Scott’s Leadership: “It’s Working”

Dave Brown, President, Vistakon Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
“Governor Scott has demonstrated that he understands what it takes to create an environment where Florida’s private-sector can succeed. During his State of the State speech, he laid out a clear path to job creation in Florida. We applaud his commitment to ensure that Florida businesses can succeed.”

Betty Kay Clements of Lady Lake, mother of Laura Lynne, a 51 year old individual with an Intellectual Disability who receives services from APD
“Speaking for my daughter, who has a developmental disability, and as a member of Florida’s Family Care Councils, we sincerely thank Governor Scott for addressing the needs and issues of those individuals and their families who have been waiting so long for Medicaid waiver services. The budget proposal will provide many with needed services to live and work in their communities. This will have a positive impact on their lives and their families, and assists them in making a significant contribution to their communities. We are hopeful that Florida legislators will support the governor’s budget proposal for APD.”

Randy Hanna, Florida College System Chancellor
“I commend our colleges for accepting the challenge to work to develop high-quality bachelor’s degree programs in select areas costing students $10,000 or less. We are proud of the Governor’s recognition and will continue to offer students access to high-quality and affordable education and job training.”

Elizabeth Heli, Engineering Teacher, Greco Middle School
“I was honored to be a part of Governor Scott’s State of the State speech today. It’s refreshing that his proposed budget rewards Florida’s teachers with a $2,500 pay raise after all of the success Florida’s teachers have recently had in preparing Florida students.”

Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent, Orange County Schools
“Governor Scott’s State of the State speech laid out a bold initiative to invest in Florida’s teachers and students. As Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, I understand the importance of having strong support from the state. Governor Scott gets it. He realizes the great work that Florida teachers have done, and are doing, and has laid out a plan to reward our teachers’ with a $2,500 pay raise. This will impact teacher morale as well as recruitment and retention efforts.”

Bill Johnson, Chairman of the Florida Ports Council
“Governor Scott’s longstanding commitment to investing in the state’s transportation and logistics infrastructure is to be commended. We are fortunate to have a governor who recognizes the economic impact of Florida’s transportation system, including seaports, and the great potential for growth. The $288 million in the Governor’s recommended Florida Department of Transportation Work Program for seaport infrastructure improvements will pay dividends now and for decades to come.”

Annette Kirk, a Gold Star Family member
“Governor Scott’s State of the State speech reaffirmed his dedication to keeping Florida the most military friendly state in America. I would like to thank him for making sure that our nation’s servicemen and women, as well as their families, get the support they deserve.”

Bernie Machen, President, University of Florida
“The University of Florida is excited by Governor Scott’s commitment to our University. The proposed investment will help UF become a top 10 school nationally. This will help current and future students realize their goal of getting a world-class education right here in Florida. On behalf of UF, I would like to thank Governor Scott for his commitment to UF and Florida’s Entire University System.”

Michelle Robinson, Region President for Verizon
“Governor Scott’s State of the State address laid out his formula for families to succeed, which includes a focus on jobs. When Verizon was looking to expand, we chose to invest our 750 jobs and construct a new building in Florida because we received a warm welcome from state and local economic development partners. Governor Scott has made Florida a top destination for business and Verizon is pleased to expand and grow in this great state.”

Frank Unanue, President, Goya Foods of Florida
“Goya Foods appreciates Governor Scott’s focus on business and job creation. We were proud to host Governor Scott for a ‘Let’s Get to Work Day’ earlier this year at our Florida Distribution Center, the company’s largest distribution center in the country. By eliminating burdensome regulations, Governor Scott is making Florida the number one state for business.”


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