Tallahassee Bracing for Conservative Revolution

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - "Let's get to work!"
It's a campaign trail tagline that's about to become Rick Scott's number one goal as governor. But look behind 'getting to work', and you'll find a conservative agenda aimed at turning the state capital on its head.

Scott says, "There are so many reasons for people to do business in Florida. We're going to make sure that government does not get in the way and stop that."

Governor-elect Scott will take office in January with a focus on cutting the state workforce by more than 8,000 jobs, privatizing prisons, even turning Medicaid into a voucher program. It's all designed to shrink the size of government, and incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos is on board.

Haridopolos says, "The governor and the Legislature did not exactly see eye to eye on a multitude of issues the last couple years, and I think we have a real clean slate and I think you have a person who has a unique business perspective who understands how to reduce red tape, and he'll find a very willing partner here."

The carpet isn't the only thing being changed out here at the capitol. With it goes a moderate brand of politics that over the past four years has kept controversial reforms off the table, especially because Republicans have now captured their largest majority in the legislature in more than 140 years.

That means bills Governor Crist has vetoed - like the sb 6 education reform plan and a mandate to require ultrasounds before abortions - could well be passed and signed into law by Scott.
Bill Montford is about to become one of only 12 democrats in the 40-member state senate, but he's hopeful he'll have a voice.

Montford says, "There are good ideas that come from both sides of the aisle. And this Legislature, I'm convinced, the people that will be there will be willing to reach across the aisle and do what's right."

Still, with the Republican wave of 2010 washing over the capitol, it's not clear there's a reason for the GOP and the new governor to negotiate.

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  • by Litmus Test on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Mike, what you know is what you raised.
  • by Litmus Test on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    Mike Florida does not have a problem with jobs going out of business because they can’t find employees to work. They have a problem with employees not being able to find jobs because the jobs are going out of business or they are afraid to hire due to the economy. I mean to believe your scenario, one would have to see evidence where Florida had multiple employers unable to find any employees at all to hire because a huge percentage of the work force just decided they did not want to work We don’t have that scenario. We have the scenario where a huge percentage of the work force are unable to find employers who are hiring. You name me 1 employer who has gone out of business in Florida because they can’t find anyone to work. That is just not happening Mike and if it were the employers would be screaming about it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    You are right Mike. Our whole coountry is pretending there is an unemployment oroblem because we don't want to work. We got the government and the media to cooperate with us to help us with this mass deception of the american people so we could take a very poorly paid vacation. Be quiet or you will ruin it for everybody. There are certainly no people with families on unemployment who are looking for work as hard as they can, as that would ruin your fantasy of how you got the whole country figured out as proven by the ONE example you provided. You must keep quiet, you know too much.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Nov 7, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    Anonymous, I'm thinking that because I can pickup any newspaper any time and find jobs listed that here has to be a percentage of people who prefer not to work if there is an alternative. I've got a 20-something son that has been told over and over and over to get a job. He says he can't. On questioning it is not because he can't. it is because he can't find a job HE LIKES. He became homeless recently. Oddly, within a week he had a full time job. That is what I know.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    Mike, you are dislusional if you think Florida high unemployment numbers are because people don't want to work. Before you can fix the problem, you have to admit their is problem. With your thinking the problem is not going to get fixed because you don't even think there is real problem. Everybody in Florida many of who have been working fulltime jobs for 20 plus years and living productive lives just wroke up one day and decided we all wanted to be lazy and not work. Oh ok....yea I buy that! Sure this is believable.
  • by J Timney Location: TLH on Nov 7, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Maybe the state workers that get laid off will get a job where they will actually have to use their brain!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    Consumer demand and competition is a much more effective way of regulating businesses.
  • by Your dad sounds like he had a good head on his shoulders, but.... on Nov 7, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    Ken One employer for everyone is not a good thing. Anytime you eliminate someone’s employment and consumer options to just the government you are directly hurting their freedom.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 04:21 AM
    Once the competition is eliminated the government can charge you what ever they want to charge you for health care and you will be force to buy it because you are assumably a Christian and the new healthcare plan requires all Christian to buy health insurance, pay a penalty or denounce Christianity and become a Muslim.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    Ken, The cost of your insurance is not going to go way up at this time. The administration is “regulating”(dictating)to the private insurance companies how much profit they are allowed to make. You think, “Oh that is good thing.” It is not. The government run health plan is more costly to the Medicare beneficiaries then the private run Medicare health plans. For instance a Medicare Beneficiary can get a chp Medicare Advantage Plan for around 40.00 a month to get the same coverage from the government plan the beneficiary would have to buy a separate part D plan and a Medigap (2ndry ins) plan and end up paying easily over a 100.00 a month for the same coverage. What now is happening is the private sector is now getting away from selling these types of plans, because their profits are control not by consumer demand but by their competition, the government.
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