New Governor May Face Culture Shock

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Florida's new governor may be headed for a case of culture shock when he tries to deal with the state's Legislature.

As a corporate chief executive officer, Rick Scott never before
had to worry about sharing power with 160 independent-minded
partners, but that's part of his new job description.

The Legislature is the state's board of directors while the
governor is its CEO, says lobbyist and former state Sen. Ken
Plante. He says that unlike a corporation, though, the governor
doesn't have much influence with the board nor is he a member.

As a Republican, Scott will have the advantage of a
GOP-controlled Legislature, but there remain natural institutional
tensions between governors and lawmakers unfamiliar to a corporate
CEO.


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