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Gov. Rick Scott’s white paper says state agencies need to cut costs

Governor says every agency in state “should be able to find efficiencies”

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JUST THE STATS

 

$845 MILLION

PROJECTED BUDGET SURPLUS FOR FLORIDA IN 2014

 

$500 MILLION

AMOUNT BY WHICH GOV. RICK SCOTT WANTS TO CUT TAXES IN FLORIDA UNDER HIS “IT’S YOUR MONEY” PROPOSAL

 

$100 MILLION

AMOUNT GOV. SCOTT IS PROPOSING IN SPENDING CUTS FOR THE STATE IN 2014, ACCORDING TO A WHITE PAPER ISSUED LAST WEEK

“IT LOOKS LIKE RICK SCOTT IS PAPERING OVER THE FACT THAT HE’S CUT MORE THAN $1 BILLION FROM EDUCATION, DOLED OUT TAXPAYER-FUNDED GIVEAWAYS TO BIG CORPORATIONS, AND HAS STOOD NEARLY SILENT ON THE NEED FOR EXPANDING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IN FLORIDA. THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA WILL SEE THROUGH RICK SCOTT’S CAMPAIGN TACTICS.”
– FLORIDA HOUSE DEMOCRAT SPOKESMAN MARK HOLLIS
SOURCES: THE FLORIDA CURRENT, flgov.com

MONEY FOR NOTHING

Last week, while nobody was giving a damn about him or his re-election because they were all sitting on their hands and waiting for blue-shirted Charlie Crist to announce his gubernatorial intentions – seriously, we saw Charlie in Orlando twice in a week and both times he remembered our name (totally running! For our hearts!) – Gov. Rick Scott issued a white paper. Yep, that’s right, a white paper. The significance of said flattened pulp is twofold: On the one hand, the continuing “It’s Your Money” propaganda piece (which cleverly replaces the “x” in “tax cuts” with a pair of scissors) for the first time indicated that the governor had no intentions of allowing state agencies to replenish their slashed operations with a projected budget surplus; on the other, it was a reminder that, though he’s vastly unpopular and hard to talk to, Gov. Scott makes tough decisions and hates government, so he’s totally running for governor again. It’s his money.

You might recall that the governor recently mounted a “listening tour” under the “It’s Your Money” banner at which he effectively entertained the notion that he would be cutting taxes by $500 million for rich people and businesses while pretending to, you know, listen to regular people. This latest release is basically a nudge to the legislature to let them know which way they should dart their eyes when it comes time to present a budget in the coming months. That darting, naturally, will be in the direction of public sector workers in state agencies, mostly by way of making those agencies chop off their own heads.

“Every agency should be able to find efficiencies. We’ll do the same thing: We’ll review every contract, we’ll look at office space, we’ll look at the services we buy, we’ll look at how we can help our employees become more efficient in what they do every day,” Scott told news website The Florida Current, adding, “Every investment has to be analyzed a little bit differently. So if it’s an economic incentive, we should get a return for our taxpayers; if it’s a road, it’s going to help us create more jobs; if it’s for an agency, it’s going to help us create more efficiencies,” nonsensically.

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