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Privatization dust-up: Was Fasano too mean to Scott’s peeps?

by Dara Kam | February 15th, 2011

Senate Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee Chairman Mike Fasano says he’s not sorry for being harsh with Gov. Rick Scott’s aides at a budget meeting last week.

Scott’s policy and budget staff skipped Fasano’s meeting this morning after Scott ordered them not to show up because of Fasano’s angry questioning about the governor’s plan to do away with more than 1,800 prison jobs.

Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander told reporters “an apology is in order” after saying Fasano’s treatment of Scott’s staff was “not ideal.”

Fasano said no mea culpa is forthcoming.

“Why would I apologize?” Fasano, R-New Port Richey, said.

Scott’s staff should have been better prepared to answer his questions, Fasano said.

“I don’t know what it was,” he said of this morning’s snub. “I thought it was a bit childish.”

Alexander shut down Fasano during a line of questioning about private prisons during the Senate Budget Committee earlier today.

“That’s enough, senator,” Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said sharply before he cut him off.

Fasano, who has a long history of supporting the union that represents prison guards, is balking at Scott’s plan to shut down two state-run prisons while expanding private prisons.

“Clearly he’s had a long standing relationship with the union. They have a legislative award named after him,” Alexander noted.

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3 Responses to “Privatization dust-up: Was Fasano too mean to Scott’s peeps?”

  1. Kevin Says:

    The current privatized jails are wrought with internal crime with the help of poorly trained poorly paid staff helping prisoners by trafficking contraband in and out of the system. Female prison guards having sex with male inmates are another big problem in these privatized institutions. Often leading to pregnancies with the baby needing state paid services because Mom is a low wage looser and Dad is criminal. Is there any data available that shows privatized jails are better or cheaper to run that state owned jails? Why is this even being done?

  2. Pancho Says:

    Fasano was being easy on this plan. It’s rife with corruption. The industry has corrupted politicians all over the nation, Florida being one of the worst states.

    The prime developer of for-profit prisons in Alaska finally went to federal prison for corruption he propagated. He was released last year but was arrested three days ago in Cancun, Mexico, after being sought for sodomizing a 6-year-old girl in Sarasota. He may have already been returned from Houston where he was arraigned.

  3. Crooks Says:

    Alexander is scum. He is pro privatization on everything. He hates state employees. The real shame of it is private prisons are a rip-off. Everyone that really knows the issues know how these private vendors operate and scam taxpapers. To top it off they have all the politicians like Alexander and powerful legislators in their back pockets. Gollum certainly supports private prisons. The Dept. of Corrections has to go along with it as well because their leadership is appointed by the Governor. This is all a fixed game – you see how it goes. Private prisons will continue because they influence dirty politicians like Alexander. The people of Florida need checks and balances badly!!!

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