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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  • by Donnie Location: Crawfordville on Dec 25, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    We have always accused politicians of being crooks but this time we knew with Rick Scott we were electing one. He had already stole millions of federal dollars from Medicare. He is one cold hearted SOB to upset so many people with the economy and the Job market where it is. Everyone does not have 100 million dollars in their checking account to live off. Maybe a few loyal people in his office and new Department heads, but he is going too far. There should be a limit on how many can be affected by changes in elected officials. We should not have the Governor and all three (3) Cabinet officials up for re-election at the same time. Also, if he wants to run it like a private business, then every employee should get a separation package to help them until they can find another job. If we run the state like a private business then I guess all of the State employees can now look forward to end of the year bonuses as well as once a year raises’. (Just for those of you who are about
  • by Bonus! Location: Home on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Yes! Run Sate government like a business. I can't wait for those annual bonus' they hand out each year! Hospital execs, health ins execs and even the little people get a monetary bonus. Bring it on scotty. Put the salary's in line with the private sector. Please!
  • by truth Location: fl on Dec 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    good start ! now let;s go to work.
  • by Rick Scott Supporter on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Your employer is going broke.Due to that your jobs are already on the line. Rick Scott is your one chance to keep your job. Without him everyone would have lost your job because the state was going bankrupt. He is a very good Manager. He is very skilled at making things cost effecient and you all need that inorder to have job security. This is one employee not a "shakeup"does that make.
  • by egregregious Location: tlh on Dec 23, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    This is ourmafia governor
  • by sickandtired Location: tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I'm so sick of hearing about people complain about us lazy, over paid, blah, blah, blah state workers..everyone complains, but I've got news for everyone, the only thing that just happened in this election is private business just got richer, and no, the wealth will not make it's way to you middle class. Now the public money is in private hands and the oversight will be in private hands too....anyone see a problem with that? I may be a state worker, but I am a tax payer just like everyone else, one of my biggest challenges is to make sure public money that is funneled to private partners is used according to it's purpose and that the tax payer isn't taken for a ride. It's hard enough with politics doing that now, add in the new private business pro gov which doesn't have such a good record with dealing with government funded programs (Medicaid)telling everyone everything needs to be privatized, sounds to me like he's just putting money in his buddies pockets at taxpayer expense.
  • by anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    I would like to see a TEAM formed whose purpose is to run every single developer out of the state of Florida - all they want to do is build build build. I would also like to see a huge boycott against every republican owned business in Florida whose owner supports the new government coming to Florida in January. This may not do any good, but it beats doing nothing at all - fight back don't just sit back - any takers?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    Guess all these young whippersnappers don't read history. After WWII the State is what gave people a living. People were proud to have jobs. We had cleaning ladies who dusted our window sills, and dusted our desk for years in the Mayo Building and were proud to do it. We had maintenance guys who did the grounds and were proud to have that paycheck. Sometimes instead of taking people away from a job, it helps to give them a job and take them off welfare...which is exactly where all these people went that JEB BUSH threw away with his austarity program. Go read history before trying to recreate the wheel. You may find some insight.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    Go for it Rick Scott! It's time we had a Governor who has the nerve to get outside the box and think differently than some of the same old lame ducks who can't see past "politically correct" garbage!
  • by My2Cents Location: Tallahassee on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Shake em up Rick! There are WAY to many so called layers of supervisors in state government and they all are doing the exact same job. Go figure???
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