PolitiFact checks out Governor Scott's State of the State speech

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Gov. Rick Scott gives his 2012 State of the State address

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In Governor Rick Scott's second State of the State speech, there were a few things that caught the ears of fact checkers at PolitiFact Florida. Three statements in particular were rated on their truth-o-meter.

The first statement was about jobs. Governor Scott said, "In the past year, Floridians, not government, created almost 135,000 new private sector jobs. We netted more than 120,000 total jobs in the first 11 months of 2011; the third most of any state in the nation."

PolitiFact rated this statement "Mostly True." You can watch the video player above for the explanation or read it below. 

PolitiFact:  Rick Scott says Florida's job growth is third most in nation

The second statement was about education. Governor Scott said, "As you know, my recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education."

PolitiFact rated this statement "Half True." You can watch the video player above for the explanation or read it below.

PolitiFact: Rick Scott says he's adding $1 billion to education

The third statement was about selling doughnuts. The owner of Nicola's doughnuts in Tampa was in the audience while the governor talked about his first "workday" at the doughnut shop. Here's what he had to say about the success of the workday. "We sold out 240 dozen doughnuts. I think we started at 6:00, sold out, they were all gone by 8:30."

PolitiFact rated this statement "Mostly False." You can watch the video player above for the explanation or read it below.

PolitiFact: Rick Scott talks doughnuts

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