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Would ‘payola’ go to Jobs Commish?

by John Kennedy | March 11th, 2011

Senators got their first look Friday at a massive overhaul of the state’s economic development efforts — a move that consolidates a handful of agencies and industry recruiters under one person: the Commissioner of Jobs.

“There will be differences of opinion on many of these issues,” conceded Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, whose budget subcommittee held a short workshop on the bill.

The legislation ropes in some of what Gov. Rick Scott wants — a jobs czar that reports directly to him. But senators¬†balked at some of the governor’s wishes, now contained in the bill, but seemingly doomed.

Scott wants the new Commish to have a public salary that could be enhanced by contributions from private sector companies.

Senators wheeled on that one, noting that sets up a scheme where taxpayers’¬† economic incentive dollars, controlled by the Commish, could be given to the companies that help pay what the bill calls, his “bonuses.”

“There’s a word that describes this, and I can only think of ‘payola,’ like they had in the record industry,” said Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood.

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2 Responses to “Would ‘payola’ go to Jobs Commish?”

  1. greg Says:

    One more boneheaded idea for opaque Republican Government.

    “enhanced by contributions from private sector companies.”

    Most states would call this bribery or fraud.

  2. Kevin Says:

    Fraud is what Rick Scott does best. Anyone shocked?

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