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