Immigration tops Rick Scott’s legislative priority listby Dara Kam | July 26th, 2011
Immigration is at the top of Gov. Rick Scott’s legislative priorities when lawmakers reconvene in January, the first-term governor told Northwest Florida conservative radio talk show host Burnie Thompson today.
Lawmakers failed to reach agreement on any immigration proposals during the session that ended in May.
“We should have done an immigration bill. The federal government should be securing our borders. They should have a logical, national immigration policy, a good work visa program policy. But if people are in our state illegally we should be able to ask them if they’re legal or not if they’re doing something wrong and violating our laws. That’s one thing we ought to be doing,” Scott told Thompson, a talk show host on Panama City Beach’s WYOO 101.1 FM.
Other Scott priorities include property and auto insurance reform and restricting how school districts spend money, he said.
Scott, who spends part of his days reaching out to corporate leaders and encouraging them to set up shop in the Sunshine State, challenged all Floridians to follow his lead. Scott has pledged to create 700,000 in seven years.
“I want everybody in this state to call somebody and say, ‘Look why don’t you move your company here?’ Any feelers they get give my office a call because I’ll make the phone call with them to make it happen. We have 19 million people in our state. If all of us get active on economic development, everybody in this state will have an opportunity for a job,” he said.
Read what Scott said about insurance and education after the jump.
On insurance: “We’ve got to focus on continuing to make the process to get our insurance industries in a better position. First, make sure we move citizens to an insurance company of last resort rather than an insurance company of first resort. Two, make sure we don’t have fraud in our auto insurance policies through PIP. That’s one thing we need to focus on.”
On education: “We had great education bills last year…by allowing our principals now to get rid of bad teachers, starting the process of merit pay…But we need to make sure the monies we give to our school districts are spent on instruction, not administration.”
Scott will also continue to push for a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, he said, “so we give an increased incentive for every business person in this country to move to Florida and open their businesses here.”