Scott Approves 71 Florida Transportation Contracts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott has approved 71
transportation contracts worth nearly $90 million.

The governor's office announced the action Thursday, a day after
the state Senate's Democratic leader complained that the new
Republican governor's 90-day freeze on state contracts is delaying

The approvals are dated Wednesday. That's when Sen. Nan Rich of
Weston had urged Scott, who ran on a job-creation platform, to lift
his hold on $400 million in transportation contracts approved
before he took office last week.

One of Scott's first acts was to suspend all state contracts of
$1 million or more until they could be reviewed by the new

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by cb on Jan 15, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    sounds like demacrats. wanting to spend money we don't have. then tax tax tax!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    I wish there was a way to tell how may jobs were really "created". Seems to me that contracts are awarded, but no unemployed people seem to be getting hired. My best guess is the companies are not giving work to the people seeking jobs because they already have staff working. This doesn't "create" jobs for the people who are unemployed. If I'm wrong, could some one out there explain how it works.
  • by Drake Location: Apalachicola on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    I rather have nice roads than state workers for sure! Keep up the good calls Scott.
  • by taxpayertoo on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    why does everyone conviently forget that people employeed by the state also have taxes taken from their paychecks? they are not exempt by any means. so when people whine and complain about state employees, remember they pay for the public services just like we (private sector) do. But they get paid less to start with for "professional" positions. Anyway, about the article, I am not the slightest bit surprised Scott caved on this one. Roads need to be built in South Florida! People need to buzz through the Everglades to get to the outlet mall! Drugs need to be smuggled as quickly as possible! Jobs depend on this! Now if only Scott would relax some of the environmental laws so we can get to filling up the swamps and make them into useful strip malls! we need more pill mills in South Florida!! (oh wait, he's already working on that one....)
  • by 1million80 Location: Florida on Jan 14, 2011 at 01:25 AM
    Im a former state of florida employee and all this guy wants to do is cut this and cut that every person in a higher position has the same agenda as they call it save the state money the scott guy is already rich so why not give state employees what they havent had in years a RAISE!!!! and stop putting money into other things and other places were it has no use i use to have faith in PBA but they did nothing to help my fellow employees in DOC.. so rick scott how bout a riase for the hard working people of florida instead of givinng money where its not needed.. but i guess you will plead the 5th amendment on that also.
  • by Taxpayer Location: Florida on Jan 13, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    State workers deserve a raise? What the hell for? Drinking more coffee than ever? Wasting more money than ever? The rest of Florida's workers and business owners have made less over the last 3 years. I suggest getting rid of the rest of the fat in Tallahassee while you are at it Scott. Just don't throw out the baby with the bath water. For every slackass working in those white buildings downtown there are 10 hard workers that do all they can do everyday. Cut the fat and give the extra back to the taxpayers and pay the best producing state employees based on merit.
  • by watching on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    The Governors Office must tell us how many people were needed to read the 71 contracts within the last 48 to 72 hours with NO overtime expense and yet still determine if the estimated costs and bids amounts were reasonable. It would be hard to believe the Governor did read all 71 himself.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    400 million !!! I think the roads will be ok, take this money and give state workers their deserved raise.
  • by flip flop on Jan 13, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    wishey washey, whishey washey !
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