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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Governor ignored alarms about rundown prisons, ex-chief says

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — It was July 10, 2014. Mike Crews, then-secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, was in the thick of a public firestorm over allegations that a mentally ill inmate had died in a scalding shower as part of a punishment ritual by officers at Dade Correctional Institution.

    2. Ethics complaint filed over FDLE controversy

      State Roundup

      A day after State Attorney Willie Meggs took a pass on investigating the ouster of Gerald Bailey as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Villages resident asked the Florida Commission on Ethics to take a look at what happened.

    3. Possible FDLE Sunshine Law violation won't be investigated by state attorney

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday that he will not investigate whether the state's open meetings law was violated by Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members in last month's ouster of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner.

      State Attorney Willie Meggs called the FDLE matter “much ado about nothing.”
    4. Gov. Scott proposes $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly all of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but it also cuts the state workforce further while shifting education costs to local taxpayers.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference, Wednesday in Tallahassee. (AP Photo)
    5. Scott's prison budget fails to include money to investigate record high inmate deaths

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — After years of slashing funding for Florida's state prison system, Gov. Rick Scott released a proposed budget Wednesday that would inject $51.2 million in new spending into the troubled agency, but fails to provide any new resources to investigate inmate deaths — which last year reached a …

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference Wednesday in Tallahassee. [AP photo]
    6. Cabinet members step up attacks on Gov. Rick Scott over FDLE firing

      State Roundup


      The raging controversy over Gov. Rick Scott's removal of a respected law enforcement official escalated Wednesday as Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said he was "misled" by Scott's office and a St. Petersburg lawyer formally accused top state officials of Sunshine Law violations.

      In his strongest criticism yet, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said "we were misled" about Gov. Rick Scott's true intentions to orchestrate Gerald Bailey's removal after a glowing three-decade FDLE career.
    7. Gov. Rick Scott proposes $5 billion Everglades plan

      State Roundup

      Standing outside a Miami airboat attraction with some of the state's top environmentalists and a caged panther named Harley, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed spending $150 million in his next budget on Everglades restoration and habitat preservation.

      Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious $5 billion, 20-year environmen­tal plan.
    8. Calls for FDLE investigations grow as Gov. Rick Scott continues to avoid questions

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Rick Scott on Friday continued to brush off questions about allegations of political meddling made by the state's former top law enforcement officer, pressure mounted elsewhere in Florida to get answers.

    9. CFO Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam call for investigation into FDLE firing

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Two Cabinet members on Thursday called for an outside investigation to learn the truth behind Florida Gov. Rick Scott's forced ouster of the state's top law enforcement official and claims of political interference by Scott's office.

      Two Cabinet members, including Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, pictured to the left of Gov. Rick Scott, said a third party could independently investigate allegations of direct political interference made by Gerald Bailey, former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2012)]
    10. Gov. Scott proposes Bright Futures expansion but doesn't address criticisms

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the …

      Critics say minority and low-income students are disproportionately left out of the Bright Futures scholarship program.