Monday, March 28, 2011

FL gov goes wild giving $20K raises to agency heads

Rick Scott, the former health care CEO who should have gone to jail but instead got elected governor, is giving $20,000-a-year raises to his agency heads. The Florida Tribune has the story:
...most agency heads that Gov. Rick Scott has appointed are making $20,000 a year more than their predecessors.
Scott has named 10 new department heads with salaries of $140,000 compared to $120,000 or less for their predecessors...

Asked this week why he was paying most of his secretaries significantly more when state employees haven't been given a raise, Scott did not directly answer the question. Instead he said that state employees are "very hard working people."
"And they clearly are doing a great job for the citizens of our state," Scott told reporters. "And I want to make sure I do everything I can to make sure we get the best people and we pay them a fair wage."
The Reid Report comments:
Rick Scott says he’s running Florida like a business. Apparently, that business is on Wall Street.
And just like Wall Street, the big boys are getting raises, while the low level staffers are getting the shaft.
Just to remind you, Scott is urging the Legislature to cut education by as much as 10 percent, bust unions and eliminate environmental protections.