Rick Scott's Bizarre Answer
Here is the audio of Gov. Rick Scott's rambling and coherent response to this question. The Department of Corrections is facing 1,700 layoffs. Scott was asked what is he asking the rich to sacrifice.
You said to hold you accountable. State employees have seen, since the Bush Administration, a reduction in state employees. I have been with this agency for many years. And I've seen where our staff has been significantly cut. We are required to do more with less. State employees haven't received a raise in five or six years. You're asking us to contribute to our pension plan and contribute more to our insurance. My question is simple: What have you required for the wealthiest Floridians to contribution to the state deficit?
Scott never answered the question. Scott went into a bizarre spiel about shopping of Wal-Mart. Is Scott aware that public prisons are not retail businesses?
The crowd applauded after the corrections worker's question. This shows how bad Scott is at public speaking.
Scott ignored the applause and spent the next seven minutes not answering her question. (Listen to the exchange below.)
Instead, Scott attempted a quick lesson in capitalism.
"If you work in the private sector, here's the things you have to do: You're overhead has to come down each and every year as a percentage of revenues. Every year. That has not happened in state government," he said.
Scott went on to talk about WalMart, China, taxes in Illinois and competing for business with Texas.
No one applauded when he finished.
Correction workers are facing layoffs and Scott is talking about Texas. It would be funny if so many people were not facing unemployment.
Update: Politifact rates it Mostly True that state prison workers haven't received a raise in "5 or 6 years."
State workers received a 3 percent general pay adjustment on Oct. 1, 2006, their last general wage increase.
State workers did receive a $1,000 lump-sum bonus on Nov. 1, 2007, and eligible Florida Highway Patrol law enforcement employees received a 5 percent raise effective Oct. 1, 2008. There were no pay adjustments included in the 2009-10 or 2010-11 budget.
Employees remain eligible for possible merit pay increases.
State employees received a one time $1,000 bonus in 2007. That knocks it down from True.