Florida, Inc.: Gov. Rick Scott's First Month As The Sunshine State's CEO
One month into his term as Florida's governor, Republican Rick Scott is making good on his campaign threat to run Florida like one of his businesses. The former health care executive, who left Columbia/HCA amidst the largest case of Medicare fraud in history, has set out to place himself in a position more akin to a corporate tycoon than a public servant by making grabs at additional power and restricting press access. He's also putting the "business" of Florida above the common good with troubling moves on the environment, transportation and health care. Yet there's no promise that Scott is even running a particularly tight Floridian ship. He's made a number of worrisome hires, and there are hints that his budget plan, to be released Monday, may include untenable tax cuts. Moreover, Scott's right-wing views on immigration and LGBT issues should cause many of Florida's residents concern.