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Scott Shakeups

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - Governor-elect Rick Scott campaigned on a pledge to shake up the way Tallahassee works, and if new plans unveiled by his transition team are any indication, he's about to do exactly that.

Scott says, "If you think about the way businesses grow, you control the size of your corporate office."

The former health care executive has asked advisors to find ways to get rid of people and programs that no longer work.

Tuesday, state Surgeon General Aa Vamonte-Ros resigned after the Sott team told her she wouldn't have a job under the new governor.

The resignation comes on the heels of a transition review that criticizes Vamonte-Ros' department of health as doing a 'mediocre job'.

The review recommends consolidating DOH and another health care agency, essentially reducing the size of the Tallahassee bureaucracy.

There are also calls to fold a handful of environmental and growth agencies into one department, and there's talk about more resignations to come.

By most accounts, not since Jeb Bush has state government seen such an aggressive transition by a new governor.

The Secretary of Florida's Growth Management Agency was one of the first high-level state officials to voluntarily submit his resignation. Tom Pelham says he wouldn't work even a single day under governor-elect Scott, who he says wants to do away with restrictions on urban development.


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