Tallahassee, Florida - October 28, 2012
"I found out it was in Texas and the gentleman told me that they had outsourced the contract from the State of Florida," says retired college professor Marge Masterman.
Here in Florida, you can't order anything from the official state vital statistics website if you want to pay with a credit card.
Vital Check of Tennessee charged her 15 dollars instead of the five the state would've charge her for the first death certificate, then the company added a seven dollar processing fee. Vital Check processes 65 hundred requests a month. At 17 dollars apiece, their income would be one point three million.
"We are going to pay someone out of the state 17 dollars, why don't we pay a person in the state 17 dollars and give the job to someone in Florida."
In another case of outsourcing, Enterprise Florida, the partnership charged with bringing businesses to the state, chose the Nashville company over four Florida companies for a 2 hundred thousand dollar branding contract. Florida's job Governor seemed unfazed by the decision.
Governor Rick Scott says he wants to increase jobs in the state. "My goal for Enterprise Florida is to get more jobs for Floridians. And so I want them to do the best job they can."
The Nashville firm that got the branding contract had previous ties to the man Scott chose to lead economic development in Florida.