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Charlie Crist unveils Day 1 plan, Rick Scott asks 'where are the jobs?'

Democratic Charlie Crist today announced his "First Day of Fairness'' plan in his hometown of St. Petersburg today, outlining what he'd do Day One as governor.

* Faster, more affordable access to public records from agencies run by the governor's office.

* Raising the minimum wage for contractors doing business with agencies reporting to the governor's office

* Issuing an executive order requiring equal pay for women employed by companies doing business with agencies reporting to the governor's office.

* Ordering executive agencies to grant contract work to in-state "whenever possible and legal.''

* Protecting the rights of LGBT workers through an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within agencies reporting to the governor's office and their contractors.

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign chairman, state Sen. John Thrasher, promptly blasted the plan for not creating jobs:

"Charlie Crist thinks he can win this election by doing his best Barack Obama impersonation – all talk and no action. And it’s telling that his new proposal includes no plans for job creation or education. Crist’s record speaks louder than any of his words: billions in tax hikes and double-digit tuition increases – as Florida was losing 832,000 jobs and 28,000 small businesses – was anything but ‘fair’ to the middle class.”

Historical context: those tax hikes and tuition increases were voted for by Scott's running mate, Lieutenant Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and Thrasher only began denouncing Crist's job record after he left the GOP.

-- with Charlotte Sutton

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Voice of reason

Not bad for day one.

Highly paid Republican

He will never get to implement any of these things because the Boss's $100,000,000 will make sure of that.

Can't take anymore

Charlie needs to fire back at Gov. Cueball demanding he show where those 700,000 new jobs he promised in 2010 went. Scott may finally regret telling what he knew was going to be an outrageous lie.

Bill Thompson

The readers agree with the wise comments of Can't take anymore and want this most horrible man Scott to stop lying.

Joe Kreps

Day two, Charlie goes on vacation. What a phoney.

ed jenkins

This wise Joe Kreps who is among democrat primary voters who have already decided that they will voter for the nancy lady makes another great contribution.

The citizens have already seen what a disaster the scumbag crist was to our state starting with his first day 7 years ago so they do not need to be reminded of that day from a most horrible person who will not be nominated by democrat primary voters unless corrupt party leaders pull dirty tricks.

Arthro

Straight out of the Obama play book...Day one...do some sever pandering. Day two and beyond, take vacation, run Florida into a big deficit, forget about jobs, smile a lot, and tell a lot of old quarterback stories.

Paul Henry

* Faster, more affordable access to public records from agencies run by the governor's office.

> That's already state law, Chapter 119.

* Raising the minimum wage for contractors doing business with agencies reporting to the governor's office

> That's tampering with the free market, and will increase costs to the state as well as place some existing employees at a lower pay rate than new ones.

* Issuing an executive order requiring equal pay for women employed by companies doing business with agencies reporting to the governor's office.

> That's also tampering with the free market- and unfair. So a woman that's been on the job one week must be paid the same as a man that has worked for 10 years and obtained longevity raises?

* Ordering executive agencies to grant contract work to in-state "whenever possible and legal.''

> Local vendor preference is already an accepted practice, however, this could raise costs considerably if a local bid greatly exceeds a competitor from another state. No big deal, it's only money.

* Protecting the rights of LGBT workers through an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within agencies reporting to the governor's office and their contractors.

> That's already the law at both the state and federal levels.

In summary, much ado about nothing.

If you really want something, look at Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, who will avoid doing things that are already in place and instead work to lower the amount of regulations and red tape in government.
http://www.wyllieforgovernor.com

Moe

You guys Crist lost he does not need a second chance. Dems are foolish for picking a rhino or blue dog whatever his chameleon ass picks he is playing you all.

Arthro

Questions for Charlie...

Governor Crist, if you were to be elected as Governor, how soon would you start campaigning for your next political office? Would that be day two or three?

Governor Crist, if you were to be elected, how soon would you start the fundraising tours with Obama?

Governor Crist, are you saying that on day one you don't have to focus on jobs or the state budget since Rick Scott has improved those areas when you couldn't?

MarvinM

I think it's great Crist is already getting parts of his platform out there already. It is the beginning of seeing how the candidates really differ from one another, a process we'll see more of during the debates.

From wyllieforgovernor website:

"I will dramatically cut the size and scope of state government, reduce regulation, and eliminate property tax for all Florida homeowners."

To Paul and/or anyone else who can answer, if property taxes for all FL homeowners are eliminated, how do municipalities fund their schools and services?

Serious question for which I would like a serious reply.

And I have a lot more where that came from.

I hope all voters do find out exactly what Wyllie is all about and what exactly he plans to do (especially regarding FL budget) before voting for him.

Gov. Scott would love nothing more than for Wyllie to get over 10% of the vote (let's use 10.9% for this example) because then he could win over Charlie Crist with just 44.6% of the turned-out vote, meaning Crist would get beat having 44.5% of Floridians wanting him (Crist) as governor, but the majority of Floridians (who voted) wanted Anyone But Scott (55.4%) would still be stuck with Scott.

So in that scenario the majority doesn't win, the majority loses.

If the idea of four more years of Gov. Rick Scott concerns/alarms/terrifies you, think long and hard before you cast your vote.

Mrs. Ed Jenkins

The jobs are in medicaid reform.

All of you hypocrite GOP potheads deserve pain

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