No Honeymoon for New Florida Governor With Voters

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- April 6, 2011 -

Rick Scott's honeymoon with voters is apparently over.

A new poll released Wednesday shows that 48 percent of 1,499
registered voters surveyed randomly by phone between March 29 and
April 4 disapproved of how Florida's new governor is taking care of
business, compared to 35 percent who said he's doing a good job.
The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Nearly three of five respondents told pollsters from Quinnipiac
University they were opposed to a new law that ties teacher pay to
student performance on standardized tests and they split evenly on
eliminating tenure for new teachers.

However, by nearly a 4-to-1 margin, voters said they approved of
Scott's order that newly hired state workers should be required to
undergo drug testing.

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  • by Jay Location: Over Round Home on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Too funny, the good old 35 dollar drug test/used to be $50, the same one given to perspective employees of a large retail business in Perry a few years back. 400 test were given 200 failed while the other 200 laughed because the first 200 did not know how to beat the test. Now there is a number for y'all poll supporters of drug test you are paying 3.5 million to companies for a limited and flawed testing method. I am rolling on the floor laughing @ you. Instead of the blind leading the blind this is the dumb leading the dumber.
  • by Violet on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    Anonymous - I just want to say that I was a legislative employee for many years, and was paid with a state issued warrant. So, basically, I was a "state" employee. I worked hard everyday and put in lots of overtime and earned my retirement. All "state" workers are not clock watchers or slackers. I have also worked in the private sector, and believe it or not, there are slackers and clock watchers in the private sector also. If the truth is known, you are probably a "clock watcher" yourself. Oh, wait, you're probably one of ricky's employees getting to ride along on his coat tail which is fast becoming dirty because of his underhanded ways! Just sayin'
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      by Joey on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM in reply to Violet
      Difference is not the workers, it's the ability to fire them. If they work for the state, it is a lot harder, and in the private sector you can send them packing that day.
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        by Violet on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM in reply to Joey
        Joey, you are absolutely right. It is really hard to fire a state employee. In the private sector, you can fire then on the spot. The private firm that I worked for was very good about working with employees before firing them. The difference in state being able to fire someone and private sector businesses is that the state receives Federal dollars and it is harder to fire employees.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:44 AM
    It's great to see how many state workers were riding the clock yesterday. It's becoming apparent that Scott has touched a nerve with our underworked/over pensioned state employees. Keep up the good work Scott.
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      by jes on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:42 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I hope the Gov. lays of 2/3's of state workers in Tall. About 30,000. The all you resteurant workers, mechanic, accountants,dept. store workers, salesmen, realtors, air and heat companies employees, painters, carpet layers, sprinklers and alarm system employees, and any non state worker, 2/3rds of you will be laid off due to lack of business. Yeah, closed down the state gov and see how it will affect you!
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        by Joey on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to jes
        First, please learn spelling and grammar. Second, yes the right thing to do does hurt, just like the truth sometimes hurts also.
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      by STATE WORKER on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to Anonymous
      It's nice to know that you think state worker's ride the clock all day long you idiot. I guess you are riding the states clock as well, maybe you have never heard of "BREAK TIME". LOL
  • by Pat Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    The next time a vendor/client calls our office wanting to know where their check is this what they will hear. Please leave your name and number, due to budget cuts it will take up to three weeks for us to return your call.
  • by terry Location: valdosta on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    rember rick you can always move to south ga. maby you can run for gov hear and clean house with these lazy bumbs.
  • by let's get them all Location: the beach relaxing on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    great job rick. who careswhat the clock riders think.
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      by Violet on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to let's get them all
      bet you're relaxing on your "state" retirement check!
  • by NotAPublicEnemy Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    It's amazing how Slick Rick and his followers have sifted the focus on the public workers and have deceived the private sector on how lavish public workers pensions are and have you hyped gotten the private sector hoodwinked, bambozzled and hyped up on their taxes are paying for it. How the private sector has forgotten that these workers pay taxes too. Let's bring some light to those on the hill, they too are state workers and the majority leave with a very sweet pension, free health care for life (paid for by all of the citizens of Florida). It's also amazing how his floridahasarighttoknow website doesn't include those on the hill salaries. Most are wealthy by their own accord so why do we the private and public sector need to have our taxes pay their pensions and health care. My, my, my do those on the hill have you fooled. They are not just screwing the public but the private sector too. Wake up before it is to late. Slick Rick isn't the only crook on the hill.
  • by Frugal Location: Florida on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:52 PM
    Jenny, you and your husband may need to consider a lifestyle more suited to your income. My wife and I live on less than half of what you and your husband make. Perhaps a look around at what your money is being spent on would yield a few ways to conserve. I will not tell you a falsehood, we had done without a lot of things that most people feel are necessities in this age, but I have plenty to eat, wear and a roof over my head.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    Good job Rick! Keep puttin the wood to em!
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      by Mafita on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:33 PM in reply to The Original Bob
      You have been posting comments defending him in several articles. You must work for him. ah! you are probably one of the new positions he created at the Governor's office "the A@@ kisser". LMAO
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      by Denise on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:50 PM in reply to The Original Bob
      What is the world does that mean? You sound as out of touch as he is.
  • by Lynn on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Rick Scott is not causing all of these cuts! He is the first one with enough courage to stop the events that have caused these problems. Nobody wants any cuts but I do not see any of you loudmouths stepping up and offering to pay triple taxes in order to keep going. We are out of money. How can you really not understand that?
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      by Mindy on Apr 7, 2011 at 07:30 AM in reply to Lynn
      Lynn, I have seen you post on several articles and I have to say I really admire the head you have on your shoulders. You are so right. He's not "cutting" anything that was supposed to be there; he is enforcing an already in-place budget that everyone has chosen to step outside of. Instead of blaming him, blame the agencies that have hired people outside of their budgets, that now have to be fired. Your employer is to blame. It's the same principle as our household budgets. You live by it, and if you go outside of it, you trim it down.
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