Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking the promises of Gov. Rick Scott


Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn


Tracking the promises of Carlos A. Gimenez


Tracking the promises of Rick Kriseman

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Be in the Top 10 and Top 25 ranked public universities

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott’s vision for the public, higher education system focuses on the following goals that will give Florida a competitive edge over other states: Achieve the first top 10 research public university and a second ranked public university in the top 25."

Update October 8th, 2018: With help from UF, FSU, Scott reaches university rankings goal

Expand school options for parents

The Promise:

"I want to offer parents a menu of options for their children, including but not limited to charter schools, private schools, homeschooling and virtual schools. I want to create an educational program that will allow parents to get creative in how to meet the distinctive needs of their children."

Update April 24th, 2018: With new Hope scholarship, Scott continues to expand school choice

Phase out the state sales tax on commercial leases

The Promise:

"Demand the Florida Legislature phase out the 6 percent sales tax on commercial leases."

Update April 23rd, 2018: Gov. Rick Scott fails to repeal Florida's commercial lease tax

Create over 700,000 jobs

The Promise:

"The 7-step economic program — over a 7-year period — will have a positive economic impact and create over 700,000 jobs for the state of Florida."

Update April 10th, 2018: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose to increase school security by $10 million to over $74 million."

Update April 5th, 2018: Rick Scott signs bill strengthening school safety into law

Propose an amendment to curb property tax increases

The Promise:

"During a second term Gov.Scott will propose amending Florida’s constitution to prevent families’ property taxes from increasing year after year if the value of their homes remains the same or goes down."

Update March 20th, 2018: Scott breaks promise for property tax amendment

Increase school security spending

The Promise:

"Gov. Scott will propose to increase school security by $10 million to over $74 million."

Update February 26th, 2018: After Parkland shooting, Scott proposes massive increase in school security money

Protect St. Petersburg taxpayers in Rays negotiations

The Promise:

"Throughout the negotiating process I will ensure that our taxpayers are protected. While a sense of regionalism is important, especially in tough economic times, my primary duty will always be to the residents of St. Petersburg."

Update December 21st, 2017: Kriseman's plan includes penalties if Rays leave St. Pete

Require Rays to pay a fee to look elsewhere

The Promise:

"If the Rays simply do not want to be here any longer — then they should be given the opportunity to pay an exploratory fee in order to look at other locations, provided those locations are in the Tampa Bay area."

Update December 18th, 2017: Approved deal doesn't have exploratory fee, but includes penalties if Rays leave the city

Fund the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will encourage effective and influential neighborhood associations by funding the Neighborhood Partnership Grants program."

Update December 12th, 2017: City sets aside general fund, Penny for Pinellas revenue for grant program

Expedite demolition of condemned homes

The Promise:

"We must expedite the demolition of condemned homes in order to reduce blight and make our neighborhoods safer."

Update November 30th, 2017: St. Petersburg reduces number of vacant and condemned properties

Implement StPeteStat

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will implement StPeteStat, based on the CitiStat model of statistics-driven accountability standards. Building on the city’s current Scorecard measures, StPeteStat will consist of regular meetings, during which my staff and I will meet with department heads to examine and analyze past performance, future performance objectives, and overall performance strategies."

Update November 22nd, 2017: City launches test version of StPeteStat

Re-establish a community policing philosophy

The Promise:

"As mayor, I will ... reestablish a community policing philosophy that emphasizes the relationship between the police officer and the neighborhood in an effort to promote trust and cooperation."

Update November 21st, 2017: Kriseman makes conscious effort to connect city and policing staff in first 4 years

Help grow small businesses

The Promise:

"Our locally owned small businesses add to the character of our community. Promoting them will be one of my top priorities."

Update October 31st, 2017: Kriseman promoted small businesses throughout his tenure

Install signage at neighborhood entrances and wayfaring signage in populated areas

The Promise:

"My goal is for each neighborhood or area to have its own vibe, to be its own destination. Visually appealing signage at neighborhood entrances and wayfaring signage in populated areas is an easy first step and a resource for both residents and visitors."

Update October 25th, 2017: New signs installed in neighborhoods throughout St. Pete