Winner and loser of the week
Winner of the week: Mark Wilson. It may be a lousy climate for business in Florida, but the CEO and President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce (left in the photo) found a terrific legislative climate for the Chamber. From corporate tax credits for voucher supporters to anti-lawyer workers compensation legislation to the controversial growth management bill, there were very few Chamber priorities that didn’t wind up winning support from the legislature and governor.
Loser of the week: Pat Bean. Congrats to the Hillsborough County Administrator for becoming the new poster child for breathtakingly out of touch government bureaucrats. At a time when the county is preparing to lay off hundreds of employees and the unemployment rate is bumping up against double digits, Bean thinks it makes sense to award her six top deputies, already earning more than $100,000, salary increases from seven to 17-percent.