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State spending sprees need better oversight | March 9

Enterprise Florida criticism on target

Columnist Robert Trigaux's criticisms of Enterprise Florida are well placed, especially in terms of the agency having a patina of a private sector business and flavor of privatization.

Enterprise Florida plays a useful public role in working to attract businesses to the state that also create well-paid and long-lasting jobs. It reflects the constant competition among states to influence business relocation and/or expansion.

However, to accomplish its job, it does not need to run up expenses of an imperial nature, as Trigaux notes. His demand for accountability means not only reasonable expenses but a measurement of results that have some degree of permanency and pay back to the state.

The acuteness of Trigaux's columns on business are their readable prose and conciseness, and his recognition that collaboration between the public and private sectors is usually positive.

James Gillespie, St. Petersburg

Florida economy lags March 9

Look at quality of jobs Scott created

Say what? How can that be? Gov. Rick Scott has been busy creating jobs daily. Just ask him, if you weren't aware of that.

Oh, you mean they need to be meaningful, mid-income jobs, not just minimum wages. Shucks, there you go again, to quote the Gipper. I would hope that Charlie Crist rams home the fact that Florida is in the bottom 10 of the nation in economic activity.

Doug Bauer, Clearwater

No CONNECT scrutiny planned | March 13

State leaders act in own best interest

How utterly unbelievable that no one in Tallahassee is concerned about the Department of Economic Opportunity fiasco over its unemployment website CONNECT that caused so many such grief. I did not see the governor come out for a management housecleaning, but then again, why would he when Chairman Andy Gardiner can cover up the mess for him?

They can even get away with instituting requirements that have been deemed unconstitutional by federal officials.

When will the electorate of this state wise up and vote these folks out of office? But then again, the folks in Tallahassee bank on public apathy to let them do what is in their best interest instead of what is in the interest of the public.

How pathetic.

Ronald Matte, Land O'Lakes

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