SWEETWATER (CBS4)- Governor Rick Scott invited the Miami-Dade legislative delegation to lunch Tuesday at a restaurant in Sweetwater.  But Sweetwater cops providing security appeared to outnumber the luncheon guests.

No Democrats attended the function, and many Republicans were no-shows as Scott battles polling numbers that show he has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the country.

Scott brushed off the opinion polling, telling reporters he is “focused on creating jobs.”

The governor is catching criticism from many for a state budget that slashes funding to education in general, and to early education programs for pre-schoolers and young children from low-income families.

Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus and North Miami Beach Police Chief Rafael Hernandez recently decried cuts to early childhood education and daycare for disadvantaged kids.

“We have to make sure that we do something in early education,” Hernandez said at an event where he and Loftus read to kids in a program at a United Way facility that could feel the budget cuts.  “We have to invest in our children.”

The top cops said it is a pay now or pay much later situation.

Loftus said kids who don’t get a good education, starting early, are more likely to go on to commit crime, end up in juvenile court, go to prison and cost taxpayers more in the long run.

“Let’s get these kids before they’re afflicted by this.  Let’s get these kids early,” Loftus said.

Scott spoke with reporters outside The Catch of the Day restaurant at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater.

“Oh, gosh, we did a great job this year for needy children,” Scott said.  “At the state level we kept our funding the way it was.”

In fact, the state budget cuts public education funding in the coming year by $1.35 Billion.  Programs for pre-schoolers, and instruction and daycare for young children from low-come families, were cut by $68 million.

Reminded of this by a reporter, Scott nonetheless insisted that “we’ve put the money back into education.  We’ve improved our education system.”

Scott also said he continues to support “good charter schools” – schools operated by private, for-profit firms at public expense – despite a CBS4 analysis of recent FCAT scores that showed charter schools received “F” grades at a rate more than seven times that of public schools.

Comments (9)
  1. Russ says:

    Gee, there isn’t any editorial SLANT to this article is there? Who wrote it, the Democratic party? Oh wait, it’s from CBS… SAME DIFFERENCE.

    1. Sidney says:

      What do you mean by slant? Since when was the truth a slant? Your emperor has no clothes, now that you see it, it’s kind of ugly, isn’t it?

  2. Russ says:

    Hey, if this guy is that unpopular, he’s still Justin Bieber compared to America’s opinion of the President.

  3. mark says:

    No surprise, guys a freak and you will rue the day you voted for him.

  4. mark says:

    Same difference means nothing by the way.

  5. ManorsDave says:

    Creating jubs…that’s a laugh, when all he has done is cut jobs.

  6. Randy says:

    Putting your name on a sign does not make you a good gov

  7. ELS4ever says:



  8. Florida deserves Scott…Seems Scott and the legislature are more concerned on doing what the Church has failed to convience it’s mentally followers to do. Hate gay’s, take away womens right to choose, and on and on and on….Voters couldn’t see this coming?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE