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Gov. Rick Scott, Solantic and conflict of interest: What's the deal?



If you have a $62 million investment, representing the biggest single chunk of your $218 million wealth, and you put it in a trust under your wife's name, does that mean you're no longer involved in the company?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says it does.

Scott has aggressively pursued policies like testing state workers and welfare recipients for drugs, switching Medicaid patients to private HMOs and shrinking public health clinics. All these changes could benefit that $62 million investment, but Scott sees no legal conflict between his public role and private investments.

And, experts say, under Florida law he is correct. Read more here.

[Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 7:20pm]


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