Charlie Crist outlines actions he will take on first day back in office

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Charlie Crist today released his First Day of Fairness plan, detailing the executive actions he will take on his first day as Governor to help ensure all Floridians have a fair shot at success.

The full First Day of Fairness plan can be viewed here.

“Middle-class families across Florida deserve a fair shot at success – but under Rick Scott, it’s the special interests that get all the breaks,” Crist said. “The First Day of Fairness is about giving middle-class families and small businesses the same opportunities and protections the big corporations have enjoyed under Rick Scott.”

As Governor, Crist will bring Republicans and Democrats together to restore Rick Scott’s cuts to education, expand health care for up to 1 million Floridians while creating 120,000 jobs, and invest in the middle class. But the Governor also has the authority to take immediate steps to ensure the government of Florida is working for everyone – not just those at the top. On his first day in office, Crist will sign Executive Orders to:

Bring Back Open, Honest, and Transparent Government.

For Floridians to get a fair shot, they need to know their government is working for them – but Rick Scott has done everything he can to keep the press and the public in the dark while he doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts. Governor Crist’s first executive order will reverse Rick Scott’s closed records policies by requiring all communications about official business within his purview to be retained as the law requires; directing his executive agencies to produce public records at the lowest cost possible; and directing the Governor’s Office of Open Government to actually advocate on behalf of the public’s right to know – not to hinder it.

Raise the Minimum Wage for State Contractors.

While Rick Scott opposes raising the minimum wage and has said the idea makes him “cringe,” Crist believes it’s vital for Florida families living paycheck to paycheck. On his first day, he’ll sign an EO raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for contractors doing business with the state agencies that report to him. 

Fight for Equal Pay.

Women in Florida are paid 83 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues – that’s not only unfair, it makes life harder for families that need both paychecks just to get by. That’s why Charlie will sign an EO to help end wage discrimination for companies doing business with the agencies he oversees.

Ensure Florida Dollars Go to Florida Businesses and Florida residents. 

Crist believes that contracts funded by our own tax dollars should go to Florida companies and Florida residents.  He’ll sign an order directing agencies to, whenever possible and legal, keep our business in-state, and instructing contractors to make every attempt to hire Florida workers.

Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT workers.

There are no laws that explicitly prevent discrimination against LGBT employees. On his first day, Crist will sign an EO that will prohibit any form of discrimination within his state agencies or their contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.