Rick Scott’s First 100 Days

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Since that January day when Rick Scott uttered these words:

“So help me God.”

He has been nothing but controversial. He fired the state pilots and put the state planes up for sale, all without asking legislators. Then he said no to billions for high speed rail

This is how Scott responded when we asked him to grade those first 100 days.

“First off, I enjoy what I’m doing,” Scott said. “I care about people. I ran for governor because I believe in this country and in this state.”

Scott’s relationship with the media has been frosty. He has been slow with public records requests. His schedule is often incomplete, like this entry: “lunch with a legislator.” Monday he left a news conference without answering questions. But his staff got angry when we tried to video a staffer sent to give answers.

“He’s not the governor’s spokesperson,” Burgess said. “We are. The governor speaks for himself.”

Reporter: Alright, then tell us…

“What’s your question?”

Reporter: The question is, what is the state doing…

“I’ll find out and get back to you,” Burgess said.

Organized labor, teachers, and state employees are seething over what they call his attack on the middle class.

“So I ask the governor this: when you said let’s get to work, did you mean let’s get to work on cutting jobs? Let’s get to work on attacking the middle class? Let’s get to work on attacking our teachers?” says FAMU student Jamal Rose said.

For his part, Scott says he doesn’t care if he’s popular or not.

And as pollsters point out, the next election is a political lifetime from now.


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  • by joe Location: smith on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Congratulations to student leadr Jamaal Rose! Thanks for your support!
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Never mind he could be mishandling the BP oil spill by rejecting the evidence already amassed against BP and refusing to file motions in federal court, he & the other bozos are risking wrecking FRS. By shifting FRS contributions to having an employee share, FRS will legally have to issue refunds to people leaving the system. In 1974 this problem caused a crisis when refunds led to a $33million deficit in one year. The threat of an unfunded liability arising from unexpected attrition prompted the state to go with a 100% contribution with the stated intent of easing pay scales somewhat. It was considered a deal, a promise made. And now the statehouse is going to renege on it, while still functionally cutting pay (in real terms due to no COLA, 6 years in a row and counting)? On 650,000 FRS participants? That's out of a small total state workforce of 2.2 million people, and the Republicans have just exacted a 3% - 4% pay cut - a tax - on 30% of the state workforce. Someone explain to me how the Republicans don't think that there'll be political ramifications: Are their districts so protected that they won't face any challenges in 2012 from this?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    Where are the apologies from all you haters out there who criticized the Governor for refusing the HSR IOU? You were claiming that other states would get the money. HA!!! The adults in charge at the US Congress removed the so called funding for HSR.
  • by frances on Apr 14, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    Believe me, the countdown until he's out of office has already began. 1,359 days...
  • by why did you vote for him on Apr 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    seriously, this guy is doing exactly what he said in his campaign....and even then those things were stupid so someone please tell me why did so many people line up to vote for him???? People we need to wake up and seperate ourselves from these party titles...we find ourselves dedicated to them but they get in office and do just what they want to do, with no regard for their dedicated voters!!!!!!!! I am a democrat and I voted and certainly not for rick scott BUT i have voted republican in the past when it seemed better for my family to do so because at the end of the day my loyalty is to them...so my concern is this, you heard his campaign he didnt lie he is doing what he said he would and now you are mad...why???
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    He is doing exactly what he said he would do when getting elected. Of course he is going to get booed in Tallahassee. It is the hub for all state workers. Of course he will be booed in Tampa. He killed the high speed rail. But if you look at other examples the project would have cost us a mint to maintain down the road when the federal money ran out. Our state has major financial issues! You must cut! I keep hearing the private sector workers have it better than state. Give me a break! Average private sector retirement and health benefits suck. The private sector has been freezing raises and laying off much more people in the last few years. The reason the private sector can begin to look at hiring now is because they already made the drastic layoffs immediately after the crisis began. They didn't have the taxpayer back on and the ability to run up a major deficit. If a private business were run like the State of Florida and country the last decade they would be Bankrupt!
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      by Wake Up on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to Anonymous
      You really think you can Privatize Police, Fire-Fighting, Teachers and other social elements you DEPEND upon? Other states have tried similar exploits such as Corrections and they have been dismal failures. There is way more to just state workers and services provided you will be crying about when you need them and they aren't available. That's when you will be saying where's the services my tax dollars are paying for? You can look into Rick Scott's pockets then.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:37 AM in reply to Anonymous
      He was on Fox News this morning. His master plan is to reduce government bureaucracy, corporate taxes, homeowner taxes, etc. Cutting the size of government and the taxes will encourage real industry to come to this state, boosting overall real employment. Folks, the purpose of state government is to provide basic services, NOT to provide a source of full time career employment and taxpayer funded pensions for life. Having retired two years ago with almost three and a half decades of state service, I observed huge amounts of government waste. Jeb got things going pretty well.
  • by truth Location: fl on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    legislative leaders don't operate under the sunshine law nor the governor.they passed the sunshine law for every one else to use.great job leaving them selfs out of the law???
  • by diggin up bones on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:48 AM
    Can't we get testimony from the poor souls who worked in his hospitals to spill the beans? Authorities will listen to them now. Do it before he disbands our whole legal system.
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      by Ima on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:21 AM in reply to diggin up bones
      In the Healthcare industry, they have long had a nickname for Scott (and this is no joke): SATAN.
  • by curious on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    We can recall an elected gov on ethics charges. Get busy and produce them and get this guy out before he destroys the whole infrastructure of our State.
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      by recall him on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to curious
      You should stand in the street and take names..
  • by patty Location: Tally on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    Slick Rick slicked his way in the Governors office and is continuing to be arrogant and slick as he take away people livelyhoods. He need to work as a state worker, firefighter or teacher for one day and he will truly understand te importance of these jobs and how is is killing families by firing instead of hiring. What happened to those 700 thousand jobs he was going to create. His don't care attitude is totally unbecoming of a state Governor and I hope he sleeps well at night as so many others don't becaue of his pitiful judgement. He is making sure the POR stay with us forever. He must have had a terrible childhood growingup in the projects. where he wants to put so many others when they are out of a job. I want a list of the private industy that are going to hire all of th laid off workers.
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