Taxpayer Funded Travel For Ex-CEO Or Dental Care For Kids, Guess Who Wins?
Oh, let's give another hand to Rick Scott, ever watchful and loyal steward of the Florida taxpayer dime! Here he was again, earlier this week, concerned that your money never be used for something frivolous, and thus, his trusty veto pen was at the ready.
Citing the "potential for abuse of public dollars," he vetoed legislation that was passed unanimously by the Legislature that would have given dental care to low income children in underserved areas. The custodian of your money, and the governor with a "blind trust" who would never want to see the abuse of public funds had a very good reason for doing so, according to him:
...he could not “support a program that does not place appropriate safeguards on taxpayer investments.”
So while he was busy protecting your tax dollars from an apparent band of evil roving dentists combing the state in search of poor children to inflict with dental hygiene, he had better use for your hard earned money.
That would be financing trips to Korea, Taiwan and Mexico City for his soon to be ex-CEO of Enterprise Florida on another of Scott's famous "trade missions" that are less about trade and more about world travel for public officials at taxpayers' expense. And that's not all, folks:
Johnson, who is also stepping down as CEO of Enterprise Florida, has already collected more than $1 million in retirement benefits from taxpayers since July and stands to gain $132,500 more in June when his Enterprise Florida severance package kicks in.
Nice work if you can get it, as you're busy resigning from the post and heading out the door with your boxes packed.
I'll bet it includes some great dental benefits too!