Gov. Rick Scott is getting “less than stellar advice” on how to fix the state’s budget crisis, Republican Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan has warned the governor in a letter that also pleads that governing “cannot be approached as a hostile corporate takeover.”
Morgan, who was on Scott’s law enforcement transition team, sent a long letter to Scott with several pieces of advice. The letter was reported Wednesday by the Pensacola News Journal. Transferring problems from state government to local is not an acceptable way to deal with a budget shortfall, Morgan said. “That’s all fine for them, but where do we transfer it?” Morgan told the News Journal. Morgan also said the Scott administration seems intent on “arbitrary cuts,” and urged the governor not to follow through on proposed changes to public employee retirement rules. "Reneging on these assurances to generations of working people is unacceptable," the sheriff said in his Feb. 22 letter. Scott hasn’t responded to Morgan.