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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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But that sort of colloquial kitchen-table cost-cutting logic doesn’t always work out for the betterment of Joe and Joanne Taxpayer. Last week, national watchdog group Good Jobs First released a report that highlighted, among other vaguely privatized state agencies across the country, Enterprise Florida, the corporate-incentive-making machine that has for nearly two decades failed to produce the jobs it has promised.

“Taxpayers are best served by experienced public-agency employees who are fully covered by ethics and conflicts laws, open records acts, and oversight by auditors and legislators,” the report read. And maybe not so much by agencies where, as the Orlando Sentinel reported, the CEO is about to get a raise from $230,000 a year to $275,000, with an added $100,000 in bonuses. Does that smell like efficiency?

Regardless, both Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, appear to be falling right in line with the Governor’s alleged belt-tightening (but only for poor people), even though they have no idea what the governor has in mind yet.

“In general I believe it is always good fiscal policy to look for ways to make government more efficient,” beauhunk Weatherford grunted to The Florida Current. “It’s hard for me to comment on the governor’s budget until we see details, but I know he has the state’s best interest in mind as he governs.”

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