Rick Scott's dirtiest deeds

That plan never materialized, but the Legislature followed Scott's lead and began gutting programs. In May, the state Senate quietly passed a bill that killed the Department of Community Affairs, farming out its various duties to other government agencies. The Legislature also agreed with Scott's proposal to chop property tax funding for local water management districts — including a 30 percent, $128 million budget cut for the South Florida Water Management District, the agency charged with restoring the Everglades. (And he appointed onetime incinerator czar Juan Portuondo to the SFWMD.)

Scott was also determined to end funding for the state's Florida Forever program, which buys land to conserve for parks and forests. State lawmakers proposed a way to rescue the program by selling off surplus land in order to buy more. But in May, Scott used his line-item veto power to ax that plan from the budget.

Slashed Public Education Funding

Public schools lost about $542 per student in this year's education budget — an 8 percent funding cut that wouldn't seem so troubling if it weren't accompanied by so many other changes to the education system.

Florida teachers, already some of the lowest-paid in the nation, will now see their raises and job security tied to students' test scores. They will be fired if their annual evaluations are "unsatisfactory" two years in a row, and they will have to contribute 3 percent to their pension funds, a change they consider a pay cut. The merit pay bill, known as the Student Success Act, was a top priority for Scott and was the first to get his signature in March.

Maribah Haughey, a retired teacher who spent 21 years in Palm Beach County schools, was livid about the pay cuts. "All of this is going to drive a lot of young teachers out of Florida," she said. "The salaries suck anyway. What are they making, $30,000 a year?"

Meanwhile, virtual charter schools — which are privately run and publicly funded — were approved under a "Digital Learning" bill that also requires all students to take one online course before graduating. In addition, high-performing charter schools got a break on the fees they must pay to school districts. After signing these school-choice bills in June, Scott promoted them in private and charter schools across the state, telling reporters he now wants to create savings accounts that allow parents to pull their kids out of public schools and pay for private school instead.

Yes, it seems Scott would rather invest taxpayer money in private and charter schools — which are now, thanks to his policy reforms, subject to less public oversight — instead of trying to help the struggling public classrooms where most kids spend their days.

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carla_san12
carla_san12

Rick Scott IS the worst Gov in the History of the USA. A Crook and a LOW LIFE ! Scum to the nth Degree.

Boxerace99
Boxerace99

After reading this article,I hate Scott more than I did before. Go to Hell Rick!

Andy
Andy

After reading this article, I like Scott even more than I did before. Go Rick!

Ene612
Ene612

He belongs in jail. And the people who rigged the system To Put him there. Scott is a socio-path that uses the office of Governor as a personal cash cow Moo

Live4ever1
Live4ever1

This idiot is the king of clown college. He's also completely screwed the elderly population by sending them to pain management and forcing them to pay rising premiums, all while taking drug tests (I'm sure his pockets aren't getting fat off that). Time for a recall on this A-Hole. We need to snatch his ass out of office and put him into one of those privatized prisons so he can feel his corruption at work (hopefully at a medium pace in and out of ass)!!!

jrr
jrr

This bastard needs to go.

Sasha C.
Sasha C.

To conservatives/liberals

We can come together because we have one thing both parties believe in, and that to take the money out of politics. Look, either Republican or Democrat they get money from big companies to pay for their election. Then who ever gets the most money usually gets elected right? So when they do get elected into office they don't work for the people, they work for who or what company gave them the money in the first place.This is the reason why so many are in poverty. The rich kept getting richer and the poor just kept getting poorer. Are you not sick of that? Are you not sick of them callig it lobbying and it's actually just a another word for bribery?

Please, I am not an advertisement. I just think if tea-partiers and The Occupy movement can get together in Pennsylvania and be called a "Real Threat" then I think we can do it anywhere.

WOLF-PAC.COM

Ed Pazicky
Ed Pazicky

Rick Scott, a Crook with a capital "C". The only way a Crook can be elected is by funding his own campaign and with the billions he has by defrauding medicare and other providers he was able to do it. It is time to recall him. We need to start a petition to do so. Is anyone familiar with the process to create and internet petition?

Ebaby51
Ebaby51

sad he didn't think about the terminally ill people...

tj mcgoey
tj mcgoey

The day he was elected i cryed!!!!!!!!! not for joy but because he would ruin our state,,,What a turd!!

Ttropics58
Ttropics58

It's certainly interesting to see how a liberal rag can bend the truth. It's liberal borrowing and spending that got us in this mess in the first place. What, should FL make their own stimulus fund and just hand out checks to everybody, so that the recession can continue? This country will get in better shape when its people wake up and realize we need to toughen up-in many ways.

Erwin M
Erwin M

And to think the Hitler was bad,damn,this moron makes Hitler look like a saint.This man has the IQ of a piece of turd.A bigger scumbag I've yet to see.May the LORD have mercy on Florida with this piece of human waste at the helm.

Luzianne Teabagger
Luzianne Teabagger

It's a shame that a state like ours with so many people from further up north has to be cut off from the truth. I guess that's why the Tea Party needed someone who went to college in Texas to run our state. Otherwise, that pesky old gosh-darned truth would come back at us Jesus-like and we'd all have to catch up with our book learnin'.

Grunting2
Grunting2

According to your paper he let's his own brother live off a Disibility Check and as rich as he is he won't even look after his Own! Why didn't anybody bring this important carature flaw to light before the election... people might have knew what they where getting into and I don't think he would have got elected.

RIXADIK
RIXADIK

Why is anyone surprised. He said he was going to do this BEFORE he was elected. This is when secret ballots need to be eliminated. Hold the people accountable for electing his stupid @$$. They should all have to miss the next election! He was elected because of the dislike of the Obama administration. So now, our Federal Government is locked up with partisan B.S., we are getting more "Bush league" politics in Florida, and we really need to referendum some people and prevent them from sinking us further. Those who know what's best for us, must RISE, and SAVE US FROM OURSELVES!

Anthonyvop
Anthonyvop

So in less than one year as Governor Rick Scott has:

Gotten the Unions to hate him?Mandated Drug Testing for State Workers and Welfare Recipients?Fought for patients privacy rights(Fought the Prescription Drug Database)Privatized Medicaid?Acted Sketchy according to the new times?Cut the budget?Cut Business Taxes?Cut payments to slackers?Turned down the ridiculous High Speed Rail money?and cut that black hole of our money called the Public Education system?

RICK SCOTT FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

Randy
Randy

Rick Scott for President.

Randy HallDestin, Florida a native and happen to be Legal. press one for English, press two to move out.

Bigabe5553
Bigabe5553

That is what yo get when you vote for republicans so when are you going to wake up

Kevin Lopez
Kevin Lopez

The state florida is a joke. One is they r clueless when it comes to voting.(DUMB) SECOND THEY CAN'T EVEN PICK JURY. DEAR FRIEND OF MIND MOVED OUT OF MIAMI...."HE SAID MY PEOPLE STILL STUCK CUBA WITH THE CASTRO BS". YES HIS CUBAN. ONLY PLACE IN THE NATION WHERE U HAVE A MASTER'S DEGREE GET PAID $50,000. WHO LIVES THERE ANYWAY............U CAN TAKE FLORIDA & SHOVE IT UP YOUR A.. I RAHTER GO TO NYC CALI CHI TOWN. RACIST...........

Lance Getty
Lance Getty

I agree. He is making some tough choices that i think will help get us on the right track. Some people may not like it but if we dont do something now it will only get worse. I saw a show on PBS the journal with joan lunden that talked about how other states are showing a surplus. the wallstreet journal also did a peice.Give him a chance.

Kcwinston
Kcwinston

Florida is in the tank financially and the people elected R. Scott to fix it...now these same people who don't want their entitlments reduced are crying fowl!!! It's ok as long as it's someone else who gets the axe.... Terrible and biased reporting on this article!!!

Bkdiver
Bkdiver

Clearly what Lisa Rabb and most of those commenting on her article fail to understand is that the state of Florida, together with most of the other states in the Union, are functionally broke and in some cases, on the verge of virtual bankruptcy, thanks in large part to a culture of pervasive entitlement that not only plagues state and federal government but every level of society in what I fear is quickly becoming the late great United States. Governors like Rick Scott were elected by a majority of the electorates to try and put the brakes on this looming catastrophe. The fact of the matter is that there are no easy solutions to the state’s problems and without traditional tools like growing property taxes, the only answers are cuts in government spending, which in turn will be hugely unpopular and painful, particularly for those dependent on entitlements. I for one have no problem with the drug testing of state workers and welfare recipients, particularly since my line of work mandates drug testing as well. As a matter of fact, I think controls need to be implemented to make sure that welfare recipients aren’t spending their money on non-essential items like tattoos, jewelry and cell phones. As far as contracts being awarded to political donors and supporters, this is not something new and certainly happens on both sides of the aisle, not only at a state level, but all the way up and down the political spectrum, from small town USA all the way up to the Federal level. Its called “special interests.”

Southern16
Southern16

Rick Scott is trying to be the Gadafi of Florida he has the personality of a tyrant and there are several movements in place to remove him from office . He wiill not be there much longer

Jsdorso
Jsdorso

such biased reporting! Government doesn't work and I am willing to give him time to make changes.... He can't screw things up more than Obama already has.

CC
CC

Please tell me where I can sign up to carry a sign and recruit others to march against this public minis and mere shell of a human being. Everything this villain stands for sickens me. HE represents all that is wrong with America, today. He is without a doubt bad for Florida, America. . .and for mankind, too. Let's stop him.

Sills James
Sills James

MR SCOTT IS THE WORST GOV THAT I HAVE EVERY SEEN HE IS DESTROING WHAT IS LEFT OF FLORIDA THAT IS WHAT THE REB WANT TO DO AND THEY WILL FINISH UP WITH THE VOTING PERC MESS SO NO ONE CAN VOTE FOR WHO YOU WANT REB WIN ALL THE WAY AROUND ALL THE REB THAT PUT HIM IN OFFICE HAVE NO ONE TO BLAME BUT THERE SELFS HOPE YOUR HAPPY WITH HIM HOPE YOU DONT HAVE DAUTHERS OR SONS TEACHING SCHOOL OR WORKING IN PRISONS

tc
tc

What a totally unbias article!!!! Sure the state can run things better the private industry, this country was found on government worker's hard work. We have seen the government's success with Social Security, Depart of Ed, Energy Post Office etc and we are running a big surplus.The felonies should be allowed to vote, especially if it gets them better prisons and more hand outs.Though he was not convicted, of course he is guilty. Let's increase wages and benefits etc for government workers they're entitled and we can afford it.

Sade1998
Sade1998

The idiots voted for a crook and that is exactly what they got.

Guesswho
Guesswho

why has this been up for weeks?.....hmmm...... let me make a wild guess..........

Rugdaddy46
Rugdaddy46

Unfortunately, Florida doesn't have a recall mechanism in place like Wisconsin and some other states. First we need to petition for a recall law..

Jojowatters
Jojowatters

Ttropic doesn't have a frickin' clue as to the horrendous mess the republicans have gotten us into! They have deficit spent our lives away, and got us into' not paid for wars' that were bogus and NOW pretend like they care, but in reality...they just want to help the mega-rich! What rock were you hiding under for all these years anyway?!?!

Whitemorpheus
Whitemorpheus

These people are selling off our US owned properties to private companies. There is no oversight to these companies. Our jail cells are traded on the stock market and costing a heck of a lot more to the state. Our roads are being sold off. Our school funds are being directed into private schools. Private company’s number one job is profit. That is it. That is all they do. Business is for profit. No loyalty to you, me, and the country. Why are you for this? Why are you for this guy to allow environmental ignorance to give our children cancer? We have come a long way since the days that you were able to light a lake on fire. Why go back to the days of Oligarchy of the 1920s? This isn't some liberal slant. This is black and white right in front of you. Rick Scott and many others like him are selling our country off bit by bit. Roads, prisons, schools, land, national security, etc etc. Liberal spending did not break us. WARS, Military, bank scandals, and privatization is killing us.

Crimnole1
Crimnole1

your an idiot..And one of the reasons this country sucks...Stop drinking the Kool-aid you fox news watching drone. How can you argue your point after reading this article. There was no spin, only facts that have made the news over and over again. But than again you tea party cock sucks see conspiracy everywhere.

robotica
robotica

i suppose you are a native .... American indian? cuz otherwise at some point your family was not native.

Henry
Henry

^People like this are the problem with America.^

Baybooks2000
Baybooks2000

Go to California and pay more taxes. California is the most bankrupt state of them all. HMMM common denominator there? Let me give you a HINT. HAS NOT BEEN CONTROLLED BY CONSERVATIVES FOR MANY OF YEARS. VERY HIGH TAXES STATE, COUNTY, CITY. You name it you will regret it. lol

Guest
Guest

Stop talking about it and JUST LEAVE !!!!

Baybooks2000
Baybooks2000

Lopez you are a true idiot look at your spelling and your writing and you are calling people DUMB lol. "DEAR FRIEND OF MIND? MIND? You have an imaginary friend in your mind huh? Wow people like that normally get mental help. Just who is MY PEOPLE? The other people that have imaginary friends or YOUR imaginary friends are YOUR PEOPLE

CC
CC

Pointing out that the slimy fellow has FBI stain all over his hands and feeds his greed for money and power (with kickbacks to his buddies in healthcare) doesn't make any impression on you? Is it that you approve of his tactics (and the end truly does justify the means)? Were that the case, then terrorists cells in hiding should be treated with far more respect, as they are "just trying to fix things", too. (Maybe we should just give them a chance?)

Baybooks2000
Baybooks2000

Funny thing is Lisa Rab probably wants Florida run like California which is why they were the FIRST BANKRUPT state of everyone because they have been run primarily by liberals that are bleeding that state dry of all of their money for their own gain. Why is anyone even helping California they are a bunch of lazy liberals for the most part that want the government to give them hand me outs while not having to work at all. Liberals keep the American people STUPID by giving them handouts. OH you don't want to take that job at McDonalds so lets give you Welfare. Go ahead have 10 kids so we can continue to give you more welfare so you can get your nails done and crap like that. AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEING LAZY. PERIOD. WE AS A WHOLE CAN DO ANYTHING WHEN WE PUT OUR MINDS TO IT.

OUR elected officials NEED to stop giving free rides to people that are lazy and just want government handouts. They also NEED to charge a FLAT TAX. NO BREAKS FOR ANYONE. STOP THE LOPSIDED TRADING WITH CHINA. FINE COMPANIES THAT WANT TO STOCK THEIR SHELVES WITH MORE CHINESE MADE CRAP. TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY. That will fix our budget.

Guest
Guest

Wanna bet ????

Hcamner
Hcamner

While you're giving him time, he's destroying the lives of thousands and thousands of people. And as far as Obama, the guy who was president before him did a swell job of running this country into the ground.

Gill53
Gill53

What I don't understand is that everything was so messed up 4 yrs. ago and are you people that afraid of Bush to admit that it started with him. It's really ashame that your mind set is and always will be to blame others for something that happened before someone else took office please grow up and get a pair.

know the truth
know the truth

You should go back at four years and do the research damage was already done when Obama got to the white house, you oviously was not a shopper or paid attention to what was happening around you this screw up happen on George Bush's watch you were already suffering and didn't know it.

CC
CC

Facts just don't impress this one, but isn't that why we are where we are today, after all.The crooks must love this guy.

CC
CC

Well, because we didn't want to tell you that there is no Santa, either. Sometimes reality is just this painful. So, we thought we would just concentrate on letting your read this over and over until it penetrated beyond the the figments of your imagination. (Does it sound like I am sick and tired of truly ignorant comments, even in the light of clarity. . .hmm? Take a wild guess.)

Sharon
Sharon

Thank RICK SCOTT for getting FLORIDA BACK TO WORK!!!!

Markny
Markny

and since most people in Anthropology think the Indians migrated from asia over a land bridge connecting asia and north america...I guess the Indians are not native either.

Scott
Scott

I sure did! Bush spent money like a drunken sailor and turned his back on conservative economic principles. Now, Obama has spent more in two years than Bush screwed up in eight!! Nothing to indicate it has worked at all! His own projections (under 8% unemployment) prove it has only made things worst. True?

 
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