Rick's Recession Tour


"Florida, it's a great place to live and really hard place to earn a living."




Rick's Recession Tour Continues Through Gainesville Shining Spotlight on North Central Florida Counties Still Living in a Recession 

Between Alachua and surrounding counties, roughly 160,00 households qualify as “Working Poor.”


"10 years ago, Florida was slammed by the great recession, 10 years later coming to the end of Governor Rick Scott’s eight years in office, very little has changed."

- Alachua County Commissioner Ken Cornell, District 4


"The type of jobs that have come about during Rick Scott's tenure are low-wage, short hour jobs that don't provide any type of financial stability

We need better jobs, not just more jobs."

- James Ingle, IBEW 1205 President


"I can't believe the gall of a governor that can look at a man who now has to work 2 or 3 jobs and point to that as a success story.

It misses the point of not just good jobs but of a way to make a decent living."

- James Ingle, IBEW 1205 President


"We are a very wealthy state, full of very poor people and while Florida is a great place to live, it’s a very hard place to earn a living. 

If we continue to follow these policies, we’ll have a lot of millionaires and the people that serve them."

- James Ingle, IBEW 1205 President


"I watched my friends get their diplomas and walk off the other the stage, head first into a recession. A lot of students today are asking the same questions about whether stable, higher-paying jobs will even exist in Florida when they graduate."

- Gainesville City Commissioner David Arreola




For our future florida delivered thousands of petitions collected by our regional teams all over the state to Governor Rick Scott's office demanding he take action to end #RicksRecession.




Volusia and Brevard County Included In Over Half Of Florida’s Counties Still Living In A Recession.


"Florida’s families are not being included in the benefits their labor is producing - as they are forced to work longer hours, many working multiple jobs, making less money to make ends meet in an economy where everything costs more than it used to."

- Volusia and Flagler Central Labor Council President Josh Leclair


"The fact is after Scott's two terms in office, millions of people across the state and in communities like Daytona Beach - where we are standing today - are still living in a recession. There's no one else to blame. This is Rick’s Recession, and he needs to own this and get to work on fixing it."

- Volusia County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack



For Florida’s Future Launches Rick’s Recession Tour In Tallahassee, Shining Spotlight On Over Half Of Florida’s Counties Still Living In A Recession, Including Gadsden, Liberty, Wakulla and Jefferson


"Rick scott and the state legislature are just pushing the same policies that help the same corporate interests, the same financial backers of their campaigns. That's not how florida should FUNCTION. The state that florida is in right now is not right."

- Jeremy Matlow, Owner of Gaines Street Pies


"Median wages are 87.2% of the national average. Florida median family income $47,886, thats the 36th worst in the nation.

And we’re the 4th worst in the nation for income inequality, With the bottom 99% earning 43 times less per year than the top 1 percent"

- Rich Templin, Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Director


"The problem is no leadership from down the hall to do anything but the same trickle-down economic, bumper sticker, 3-second sound bite politics that this governor has proposed and continues to push."

- Rich Templin, Florida AFL-CIO Legislative Director