Gov Scott touts job creation in Boca Raton

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 17:56:46-05

Governor Rick Scott stopped in Boca Raton this morning. He's on a 9-city tour of the state highlighting job creation.

He says the state added more than one million jobs over the past five years. He made today's announcement at ADT headquarters. The security company has added more jobs than it promised when it moved to Boca Raton.

Scott credits cuts to taxes and regulations for contributing to job growth in the state. He says he won't stop pursuing more jobs by changing regulations and recruiting from other states and countries.

"I want people to say 'I gotta live in Florida because I know I can get a good job, I know my kid's going to get a good education and it is a safe place,'" he explains.

The governor says he opposes raising the minimum wage, arguing it will lead to lost jobs. 

Governor Scott also spoke about testing in the public education system.

Many teachers have complained they have to dedicate too much time to standardized tests. The tests are supposed to measure how much a student learns, but teachers argue they make it harder to students to be creative.

Scott says some testing is necessary to hold everyone accountable. But he admits the state needs to find the right balance.

He reduced tests for students in 11th grade last year.

"I worked with legislature last year and we're going to work every year so we have the right accountability for the education system," he says.