Jacksonville Business Journal’s Michael Clinton reports a CNBC study reveals that under Rick Scott, Florida has lost ground to the rest of the nation on business and in education:
Gov. Rick Scott still has some work to do to make Florida the “No. 1 state for business,” as he likes to say.
CNBC ranked Florida as the No. 29 state for business as part of its study, America’s Top States for Business 2012. That actually is lower than Florida rank in 2011, when it came in at No. 18.
States were scored in multiple categories, such as cost of doing business, economy, education, and technology and innovation. For the most part, Florida’s scores in the individual categories did not change much, with scores fluctuating up and down by a few points.
The big changes came in the Access to Capital and Education categories. Access to capital fell from No. 9 to No. 24 and the states education ranking worsened from No. 35 to No. 42.
Scott’s supporters aren’t going to be able to spin the report as a partisan measure with red state governors running Texas (#1), Utah (#2) and Virginia (#3). The manner in which rankings scores education are particularly condemning of Scott’s policies:
Education and business go hand in hand. Not only do companies want to draw from an educated pool of workers, they want to offer their employees a great place to raise a family. Higher education institutions offer companies a source to recruit new talent, as well as a partner in research and development. We looked at traditional measures of K-12 education including test scores, class size and spending. We also considered the number of higher education institutions in each state.