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Florida’s Governor Is No Good For Florida
Florida’s new Governor is no good for Florida
Florida elected a new Governor, Rick Scott, in November 2010 and we will pay dearly for it. He is the one who ran Columbia/HCA when they defrauded Medicare and Medicaid programs. Columbia/HCA paid 1.7 billion to settle the suits. The Board of Directors ousted Scott within days of the initial charges. Of course the Board paid him to go away. He got a severance package including 300 million in stock and a million dollar a year consulting contract. That’s right a million dollar consulting contract. They still wanted his advice?
Rick Scott claims he didn’t know about the fraud. He was in charge and he didn’t know. To me that makes him one of two things, incompetent or a liar. And now he is Governor of Florida, one of the States that was ripped off under his leadership. I guess that’s why the voters thought he was qualified for the job. He used much of that severance money to finance his campaign.
The CEO’s job is really great. If you do well, you make a lot of money. If you fail, you make a lot of money. It is a lot like being a Governor.
So now we have a Governor whose company stole money from the state that he is now going to lead.
In a recent statement he said “What’s the benefit of a regulation, other than delay?” Well business people don’t like regulations, but some regulations are important, like safety regulations. Did you know that it is cheaper to put employees at risk than to provide a safe work environment? Many companies find it cheaper to pay a small fine, if they get caught, than to encourage their employees to work safely. They are only fined if they get caught and even then they can sometimes blame it on the employee who was hurt or killed. They will like Rick Scott.
How about regulations that keep companies from polluting the water you drink? Polluting a stream, lake or bay is much cheaper than safely disposing of their by products. How about polluting the Gulf of Mexico? That was blamed on poor regulation. BP will like Rick Scott.
What about education? Florida is near the bottom in high school graduation rates since Jeb Bush improved our state’s system. Now we have a new expert, I mean Governor. He wants parents to be able force a school to be restructured and have the parents select the solution. Not the Board of Education or the teachers but the parents. Also parents must consent to have their child in a class where the teacher’s evaluation concluded that they were “ineffective”. If you know anything about evaluations, they are very subjective. We should note here that Florida teacher’s pay is very low. Instead of attracting better teachers, Florida won’t give certain teachers any students to teach. That will fix the problem. He also wants to provide vouchers to students that want to go to private or church schools.
I know some teachers. They tell me that many parents get involved because there child was disciplined or got sent home for being disrespectful to a teacher. These parents get involved because they don’t want their child disciplined. I was told about a parent who was upset because her son was sent home for calling the teacher a bitch. I really want that parent to decide how to restructure a school. I can’t stress enough that parents need to be involved but educators need to educate and politicians need to let educators educate.
Vouchers do nothing to improve public schools. Taking money away from the public school system is not going to make it better. Maybe the politicians are trying to do away public schools because they don’t know how to fix them. Vouchers do make some business owners wealthy. That may be the reason the Florida legislators like them.
Florida workers, Florida children and Florida taxpayers will pay a big price for our new businessman/Governor.
I have to add Florida's environment to the list of those who will pay because Businessman/Governor Scott is seeking to cut the budget for restoring the everglades from 50 million to 17 million. He is also trying to stop the EPA from cleaning up Florida's water ways. The EPA is trying to get the businesses that dump toxins into Florida's water to clean their mess up. Businessman/Governor Scott thinks that regulation is unfair to business.
Well it is now May 2011 and Rick Scott has singed some new legislation. Remember that Businessman Scott ran on his ability to create jobs.
Slashed 4,500 position in prisons and social services. These workers hadn’t had a raise for 5 years.
(At the same time Florida is building prisons to be privatized. Which of his friends got that prize?)
Cut school spending by 8% costing thousands of jobs including teachers.
(If we do not educate our children the future is bleak.)
Cut 140 million from university budgets cost at least 50 faculty jobs at Florida State University alone.
(Businessmen are good at cutting training from the budget in hard times. I guess higher education fits in that catagory. Poorly educated citizens do not attract new businesses to the state.)
He transferred 150 million out of the transportation trust fund at a cost 8,400 jobs.
(More potholes do not attract new business to the state.)
Cut money earmarked for the restoration of the everglades to 30 million it was 200 million in 2008. Cost hundreds of jobs in the construction industry and thousands in the tourist, fishing and hospitality industries.
(Florida’s environment is what attracts many tourists to the state. The Everglades are central to that environment.)
Cut Medicare payments to hospitals by over 500 million costing an undetermined number of jobs.
(He has moved from Medicare fraud to Medicare cost cutting. If you can’t milk it you might as well cut it.)
He also turned down 2.4 billion for high speed rail that would have created 6,200 jobs in 2011 alone.
(China is building high speed rails and new roads. I guess it depends on what century you want to live in, this one or the last one.)
He should have run as a job killer. Businessmen know how to lay employees off to create profit and he has transferred that skill to public office.
On May 26, 2011 Businessman/Governor Scott signed a new budget that resulted in the layoff of 1,300 employees mostly in the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families. Most of the newly unemployed were making less than $30,000 a year. Who cares about Juvenile Justice and Children and Families anyway?
As of August 11, 2011 Florida's Businessman/Governor Scott is paying $30.00 a month for Health Care Insurance. Florida taxpayers pick up the rest of the bill. A retired school teacher I know is paying $500.00 a month. Isn't it curious how these anti big government people are not so anti government when it benefits them. He has laid off thousands, slashed state workers benefits, and wants to privatize medicaid which will hurt those already hurting.
With polluter-friendly Rick Scott in the governor’s mansion, Big Sugar is making a move to pump its polluted runoff into one of the last remnants of the original Everglades. - David Guest