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Charlie Crist announces 2nd TV spot, attacks Scott on school spending


A day after the Republican Party released a Spanish-language ad touting Gov. Rick Scott's school-spending recording, Democrat Charlie Crist hit back by announcing his second English-language spot that draws attention to the education budget on Scott's watch.

Overall, the spot -- like the RPOF ad -- appears accurate. The education budget was reduced $1.3 billion under Scott (because of the federal stimulus money flameout) and PolitiFact Florida found that per-student education spending was slightly higher under Crist when adjusted for inflation.

But then Crist veers into hyperbole.

"Rick Scott's education cuts are closing that door on Florida's kids," Crist says. Then he pivots from talking per-pupil spending to higher-education scholarships called "Bright Futures," which Crist says were "cut in half."

But not on a per-student spending basis. Based on each recipient, Bright Future awards are about 2,086, which is an increase from Scott's first 2011-12 budget but a decrease of $2,364 under Crist's last budget in 2010-11.

In overall spending and student population, Bright Futures declined from about 180,000 recipients and $423 million under Crist's FY11 budget to 128,000 students for a total of $266 million.

Either way, it's not in half. And Crist made some cuts to Bright Futures as did Scott.


But going forward, Crist might have more of a point.

State data show that the number of newly eligible students (that is, high-school graduates) fell from 41,000 in 2012-13 to slightly more than 21,000 in 2013-14 as the new requirements -- largely passed under Scott and the GOP Legislature -- began to take hold. That’s a 48 percent drop.

Crist tinkered with Bright Futures in a different fashion. He agreed to tuition hikes (halted by Scott in an election year), which made part of the bill for college not covered by Bright Futures.

But the changes approved by Scott and Legislature are expected to have some dramatic impacts, especially on minorities qualifying for it. FSU's interim president recently said at the last trustees meeting that the changes were going to have a big impact at the university.

Let's also not forget that the Legislature appropriates, so it gets it's share of the credit or blame.

Crist's ad is potentially effective because he's talking direct to camera -- instead of using surrogates -- and the commercial initially seems positive in style. But then, voters respond more to negative ads. And people who hate Crist think anything with him is awful (ditto the opposite for Scott ads).



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ed jenkins

This scumbag crist continues to be an embarrassment to democrat primary voters who have already decided they will vote for the one true democrat, the nancy lady. This most horrible person brags about spending more taxpayer confiscated money when the taxpayers are disgusted with the fiscal disaster that he left the state in previously.


Crist is by far the better Governor. If Scott had been in office in 2008-2009, we would never recover from the great recession. As it is Scott has FAILED to bring education funding back to pre-recession levels, and he and his legislative buddies have decimated the Bright Futures Program. They are cutting Bright Futures as the lottery is bringing in record revenues. Scott would rather give education money to private charter and religious schools.

Voice of reason

ed jenkins says Democrat primary voters have already decided to vote for the nancy lady. So it will be very interesting to see if on August 27th, the day after the primary, if ed will have the guts to admit he was wrong!

What do you think he will do fellow posters?


It's weird how, according to polls, a lot of the very same Republicans who voted for Crist in 2006, now seem to prefer governor Rick "Pee-in-a-cup-and-pay-for-legal-appeals-for-an-unconstitutional-procedure-bungled-unemploment-benefits-test-and-website-closed-TB-hospital-in-Jax-turned-down-high-speed-rail-money-fought-ACA-didn't-really-ever-with-any-gumption-try-to expand-Medicaid-refused-to-setup-state-healthcare-exchange-won't-actually-answer-legit-questions-from-reporters-without-repeating-meaningless-talking-points" Scott.

Yet I don't remember them complaining about what Crist was doing in the legislative sessions of 2007, 2008, 2009 - 2010, maybe a little, but only a little.

Like I say, it's weird.

Education Advocate

The reality is our education system can't take four more years of Rick Scott, Florida ranks 47th in education funding. Charlie Crist is much better choice for Florida's children and families.

I happy to see this commercial, if he is to win, he needs to counter the misinformation the Scott campaign is putting out

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