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Suggested questions for the governor during Thursday's drive time radio



Florida Gov. Rick Scott appears to be turning a new leaf this week and getting over his media aversion. He has scheduled four 10-minute radio interviews Thursday with stations in South Florida and the Panhandle and two "prescheduled media interviews."

Since the governor tries to stick to his daily talking points, and any good interviewer worth his salt tries to get him to break free, we offer up some suggested questions for the friendly DJs and talk show hosts in radioland to ask of the governor.

(In some cases, these questions have been asked before by reporters in Tallahassee, just not quite not answered.)

Q: Gov. Scott, you have said you are "comfortable" you will be getting your $1.4 billion corporate income tax cut. So, if the budget doesn't include it, will you veto the budget?

Q: Are you giving guidance to lawmakers about what you want and don't want from this session?

Q: Polls show that 48 percent of Floridians disapprove of your performance. Does this hurt your ability to press your agenda? How do you overcome that?

Q: Why is it right to give all your agency heads $20,000 more than Gov. Charlie Crist was paying them?

Q: State law allows you to transfer your assets from Solantic into a trust account controlled by your wife. Even though you don't personally profit from the company when it does business with the state, if your wife profits, how is that in keeping with the spirit of the conflict of interest laws?

Q: State legislators are on track to raise tuition 15 percent, raise property insurance rates more than 25 percent, raise electric rates 2 percent for at least 4.5 million customers. If people can't afford a tax increase, how can you justify saying they can afford these increases?

Q: Are you keeping a tally of how many jobs are being created in Florida? How is it going?


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:21pm]


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