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J.D. Alexander 'not impressed' with DMS; lets Crist know



Sen. J.D. Alexander took advantage of the governor's visit to Senate chambers this morning (for Joe Negron's swearing-in) to make known his displeasure with the Department of Management Services.

"I am not impressed with DMS," Alexander told the Times/Herald, as Gov. Charlie Crist left the chambers and promised Alexander "I'll get on it."

Get on what?

Well, Alexander, you'll recall, led the charge to require -- in statute earlier this year -- that DMS compile a list of all available state property including office space. But on Tuesday DMS real estate director Dean Izzo told Alexander's Ways and Means committee that no such list can be compiled until DMS gets more resources.

"He says they need more resources, yet in the same breath he says they saved 5 percent on energy costs and used the savings, like $1.3 million, on lease-hold improvements," Alexander said. "So he needs more resources, yet he's going around painting walls or replacing carpet? This list isn't an 'ask,' okay? This is in statute, signed by the governor. It's important to know what property we have."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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