State employees haven't received a raise in more than four years, but most agency heads that Gov. Rick Scott has appointed are making $20,000 a year more than their predecessors.You know, on a scale from 1 to 10, taking money from the coffers that educate Florida's children and giving your pals pay raises might just be a -50 in my book.
Scott has named 10 new department heads with salaries of $140,000 compared to $120,000 or less for their predecessors, according to a web site database launched by the governor.
Scott this past week named three agency secretaries, with both Ken Lawson at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Dr. Frank Farmer, secretary of the Department of Health, earning will $140,000 compared to $120,000 for their predecessors. Liz Dudek was elevated to secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration at $140,000 a year compared to $164,380 for her predecessor, Tom Arnold.
Asked this week why he was paying most of his secretaries significantly more when state employees haven't been given a raise, Scott did not directly answer the question. Instead he said that state employees are "very hard working people."
They like to talk about fiscal responsibility but when things like this happen, the Tea Party folks and those who voted for guys like Rick Scott say not a word. They are nowhere to be found.
And that's because the Tea Party never was about fiscal responsibility. It never was about responsible and representative government.
The Tea Party has been and will always be about one thing.
-via The Reid Report