Rick Scott names Donna Arduin head of budget advisory team
After earning $180,000 in five months on the campaign trail, Donna Arduin, pictured right, was named head of Gov.-elect Rick Scott's team that will begin assembling his first budget proposal, due Feb. 4.
Arduin, the state budget director under former Gov. Jeb Bush, earned her consulting fees from Scott's campaign and then the Republican Party of Florida. Her biggest lift was creating Scott's 7-7-7 jobs plan.
Arduin also authored then-House Speaker Marco Rubio's property tax swap proposal and had a five-month/$35,000 contract with incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos earlier this year. Here's the rest of her team for Scott:
• Tad DeHaven: Cato Institute budget analyst; former deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget; former policy analyst, National Taxpayers Union; budget adviser for U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
• Talmadge Heflin: director, Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Fiscal Policy; former Texas House lawmaker;
• Randall G. Holcombe: economic professor, Florida State University; senior fellow, James Madison Institute; member of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors.
• Arthur Laffer: founder and chairman, Laffer Associates; known as the "father of supply-side economics" for his work on President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board.
• Robert McClure: president and CEO, the James Madison Institute; Bush appointee to Florida Elections Commission; supporter of a state revenue cap.