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Scott highlights some ideas from Floridians



Incoming Gov. Rick Scott today highlighted a few ideas that he has received from his transition web site, which includes a page that lets Floridians offer ideas for cost savings or other changes in state government.

Out of more than 3,000 suggestions, here are three Scott gave as examples:

• Have a jobs summit. Invite the Governors of states like Michigan, Nevada, California, and Rhode Island that have experienced economic hardships similar to Florida to learn from the innovative things other states are doing.
• Consider payments in lieu of health insurance benefits for state employees.  The State could realize significant savings. Several by offering incentives to employees who could legally be claimed on a partner’s health insurance plan and opt out of the state's health plan.
• Empower unemployed Floridians to start small businesses. The Governor could host small business boot camps across the state where volunteer business mentors would explain the in’s and out’s of starting a business. Topics covered in the boot camps would include things such as, filing the right paperwork, budgeting for taxes, and marketing strategies.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:11pm]


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