Yerrid: Florida settling for chump change on BP oil spill
From op-ed in Tuesday's St. Petersburg Times from Steve Yerrid, former special counsel to Gov. Charlie Crist on the Deepwater Horizon accident: I estimated the state could recover upward of $2 billion for the multifaceted claims that could rightfully be asserted. Several months back, Scott accepted $30 million from the wrongdoers, appeared at a joint news conference and profusely thanked them for their "payment." It is now July 2011, and the billion-dollar-plus bill owed to Florida remains unpaid. The reason? Scott does not want corporate America to pick up the check even when the wrongdoing is clear, the damages apparent and the need for payment never greater. Full column here.