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Scott to schools: Great work creating private-sector jobs



Sure it's just a form letter. But Gov. Rick Scott's recent letter congratulating the Pasco County school district for being named one of the region's healthiest employers by the Tampa Bay Business Journal has raised a few eyebrows.

Why? The governor praised the tax-supported public school system for its efforts in creating private-sector jobs.

"You are to be commended for building a company that is recognizable within your community," Scott (or, presumably, his letter writer) wrote to the district that's headed by his former secretary of state. "Because entrepreneurship is the foundation of Florida's success, I am focused on making the Sunshine State the best place for businesses to grow so that entrepreneurs like you can succeed and continue adding private-sector jobs to Florida's economy."

Some might argue that, while the district does not create private-sector jobs, it has in recent years put some of its employees in line for such work. In dealing with state budget cuts and declining local tax revenue, the school district let go nearly 500 workers in 2011 (although many won new posts later), eliminated nearly 90 jobs in 2012 and about 100 positions in 2013.

The rest of the governor's letter (read it here) touts Florida's "pro-growth agenda" and encourages the district to "let your friends and family know about Florida's great turnaround story."

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:12am]


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