Dept. of Management Services Bill

By: Capitol News Email
By: Capitol News Email

Florida’s Department of Management Services is making some powerful enemies and losing an ally.

After overseeing the construction of a posh new 48 million dollar courthouse dubbed the Tallahassee Taj Mahal, legislative leaders blamed DMS for wasting taxpayer money, even though the legislature approved the project. In an attempt to have more control of DMS the legislature passed a bill making the Department answer to the state cabinet instead of just the governor. Independent Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the bill, but now Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos says the legislature is going to override Crist’s veto.

“Republicans and Democrats embraced the idea period and whoever the new governor was would live with this and we think it’s a good idea. It passed overwhelmingly and we expect it to be the new policy,” said Haridopolos.

Now that both chambers have a Republican super majority, overriding the bill is expected to take just a few minutes. The DMS overhaul bill is just one of nine vetoes incoming legislative leaders have targeted.

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  • by State Worker Location: Tallahassee on Nov 8, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    Just what Florida needs,...even more UNEMPLOYMENT, more deregulation for the CROOKS and more DISREGARD for the care of our children and their education.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 01:30 AM
    They alloted money for this but wanted to cut pay for state workers and take away from mental health/substance abuse programs and children's programs. At least the judges now have a really nice place to be for 8 hours a day......:| Sad...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 12:13 PM
  • by MaryAnn Location: Tallahassee on Nov 6, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    I think the legislature needs to veto themselves. The legislature gets raises when other state employees don't. This incident with Tallahassee Taj Mahal, is only a public occurrence of the Government's failure to use our Taxpayer money efficiently. All state buildings should be built the same with the same amount of money - just because it is a court house does not mean it should have lavish interior complete with that mahogany trim, granite coutertops, etched glass! This money could have been better used to fund our childrens education and helping counties accomplish the classroom size OR helping our elderly whose social security and /or retirement isn't what it should have been because of all the economic failures.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 04:57 AM
    The Legislature has no grounds to say DMS wasted taxpayers money as the Legislature approved this expense as well as many others that only benefit a few and not the public as a whole. This is just the begining of arrogance and power demonstration we will see from our state government.
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