Democrats use new Kids Count data against Scottby John Kennedy | June 25th, 2013
Florida Democrats are using the newly released 2013 Kids Count report as a weapon against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
The data from 2011 contained in the report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that despite an economy then beginning to show signs of recovery, Florida still hovered near the bottom of state rankings for child welfare.
The state ranked 38th for overall child well-being, with its highest nationwide mark being 35th in education.
In economic well-being, Florida thudded to 45th place in the annual rankings.
Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant used the numbers — and his improving, but still struggling job approval ratings in a new Quinnipiac University poll — against Florida’s governor.
“He campaigned as a businessman who would use his experience as a CEO to govern,” Tant said. “Well, what corporation would
rehire a CEO whose performance places him in the bottom 10 percent?”
At the state level, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts rank highest for overall child well-being, while Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico rank lowest.