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UPDATE: Scott ‘welcomes’ Obama to Miami by blasting feds for skipping out on ports funding

by Dara Kam | March 28th, 2013

UPDATE: President Obama reacted to Gov. Rick Scott’s demands that the federal government reimburse Florida more than $100 million for two port projects.

“The President believes that the Port of Miami can enhance the competitiveness of workers and businesses throughout the region and in the nation as a whole. That’s why the Administration has taken a number of steps to fund and facilitate improvements at the Port, including a $340 million TIFIA loan to help finance the Port of Miami tunnel project and a $23 million TIGER grant to restore freight rail service between the Port and the Florida East Coast Railway, as well as completing the permitting for the Port’s dredging project on an expedited timeline last August as part of the Administration’s push to cut red tape around infrastructure construction,” White House spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm said in an e-mail.

Gov. Rick Scott used President Obama’s visit Friday to the Port of Miami to tout his own jobs record and demand that president “step up to the plate” and pledge to reimburse the feds’ share of ports funding.

“We’re certainly glad President Obama’s coming to the Port of Miami tomorrow but he’s late to the party on Florida port investments,” Scott said in a conference call with reporters this morning.

Florida’s spent $425 million on ports since Scott took office, including fronting the federal share of $75 million for the Port of Miami and $36 million for the Port of Jacksonville, according to Scott.

“We could not wait for the federal government to come to the table with their share of the project,” Scott, who is running for reelection, said.

Obama is visiting the Miami port and will speak about the economy, according to a White House press release.

Sounding like someone on the campaign trail, Scott repeated his recent mantra of comparing Florida’s current economic and jobs state of affairs compared to “the four years before I became governor” without naming his predecessor Charlie Crist. Crist, who switched parties and is now a Democrat, is mulling another run for governor next year.

And he took a swipe at Obama and Congress while saying he “welcomed” the president.

“The federal government, they keep raising regulations. Permitting time takes longer, raising taxes, spending all these things. We’ve done way better than they have,” Scott said. Obama expedited federal infrastructure reviews last year for both the Miami and Jacksonville ports. Right now, they ought to reimburse us the money we’re spending on our ports…so we can create more jobs.”

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23 Responses to “UPDATE: Scott ‘welcomes’ Obama to Miami by blasting feds for skipping out on ports funding”

  1. Two of a Kind Says:

    Scott is the “Uncle Fester” of state politics, but on the port issue he is 100% correct. Perhaps someday Candidate Obama will act like a president (of all the people). Scott and Obama (barf) – heaven help us all!

  2. TrafficAvenger Says:

    I have no more trust in Rick Scott then I have faith in the man in the moon. He wish’s he could fool enough people in the state that he is the reason the economy is turned around. The only thing he has done to help the economy is give away more state money to private enterprise.

    Whatever happened to the Tea-Party banter of “We don’t need no stinking federal monies”. Was it or was it not Mr. Scott who refused a couple of billion dollars of federal monies for a railroad project in central Florida with the chant of smaller government,less federal oversight and less spending.
    Weird how time mess’s with the memory.NOT.

  3. Dr Destiny Says:

    Let’s be perfectly honest (which I know is really hard for Obama supporters), Scott has a better record of lowering unemployment and is willing to put his money where his mouth is regarding economic development. Obama is all rhetoric, which obviously really impresses the low information folks like TA.

  4. OK, So What Says:

    So Scott sounded “like someone on the campaign trail,” what’s wrong with that? He is on the campaign trail. What’s Obama’s excuse?

  5. joe Says:

    Scott is a hypocrite for begging the feds for more money yet turning it down previously.

    I look forward to voting him out of office next year. can’t wait

  6. spence Says:

    Scott makes it too easy to provide fodder for lampooning and ridicule.

  7. He should tell them... Says:

    Perhaps Gov. Snott should tell his Tea Party thugs to get off their dead a**es and cooperate with the President on infrastructure initiatives that would boost the ecomony, generate jobs and revenue for the government without tax rate increases. This is all part of the hypocrytical nature of the party which Snott is part of. Don’t let him fool you voters…he gets another term and you all will be his doormats.

    You have been forewarned.

  8. He should tell them... Says:

    One more thing…these thugs all think the voters are stupid and forget what they have said/done in the past. We will see in 2014.

  9. SickNTired Says:

    Rick Scott is heavily invested in transportation based interests hence why he is for paying out so much taxpayer money… because he gets a return on investment.

  10. Z Says:

    Bring back Charlie! I think he will win in a landslide if he runs! Just for the difference in insurance rates alone. Charlie did a great job of keeping rates in check. Scott invited insurers to increase rates and now I’m paying more than ever for insurance, especially wind storm, and for greatly reduced coverage. Scott is not a representative of the people, he is a representative of big business at the expense of the people. Bring back Charlie, he fought for the citizens!

  11. gethefax Says:

    response to post by Joe…scott doesnt beg for Fed dollars…he’s pointing out that the Feds need to stick to their commitment

  12. herbie Says:

    so Obama is screwing Florida and this paper has a problem with our governor??

  13. Check out the post from Says:

    Hey “herbie” – check out the post from “He should tell them’ not obama who is screwing florida. its the nutty teabaggers.

  14. Bito Says:

    HEY, Two of a kind, Obama is not a candidate, HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, VOTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE, GET OVER IT, STAY OFF THE KOOL-AID AND MED`S, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A RETHUGLICAN TROLL THAT WOULD JUMP OVER A CLIFF FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY, YOU`R PARTY AND TEABAGGERS ARE DONE COME 2014.

  15. Bito Says:

    @OK, SO WHAT, For you`r information, OBAMA has nothing to campaign about? Unless you want to change the rules, and let him run for a 3rd term, Goes to show how you RIGHT WING NUT CASES THINK, He is trying to FIX the mess that you`r messia GW left us with, Not to mention the thousands of AMERICAN TROOPS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES BASED ON A LIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Occurs to me Says:

    Scott should use some of that $500 million he stole from the government in the healthcare company to fund the ports.

    What a freakin crook!!!!!!!!!

  17. touch128 Says:

    Oh yes cry about the Fed. then bitch about it when you do not get tax money. You know my tax money.

  18. Patricia Beckett Says:

    Congress handles appropriations. Scott should send his request to the Republican control Hoise, specifically members of the Apprpriations Committee and/or Florida’s Federal House &the Senate Reps. It’s obvious Gov. Scott is using Pres. Obama’s visit as an oportunity to campaign for reelection. I suppose most politians are opportunistic and rather than serve the people their interest is foremost so they, politians, are in perpetual campaign mode.

  19. Hank Shae Says:

    scott and obama both suck..and the posters who defend either of them or any poltician liar on either side are brainwashed idiots..I suspect I represent the silent nmajority..

  20. Marine Veteran Says:

    Scott is a hypocritical criminal who escaped jail time, simple and plain. He should never have been near another corporation, less the governorship of Florida. It is the U.S. Congress that appropriates funding not a President, learn the process of government.

    In 1997, federal authorities went public with a massive multipronged investigation into Columbia/HCA and whether it was bilking state and federal health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

    Specifically, authorities were investigating whether the hospital chain ordered unnecessary lab work and billed Medicare and Medicaid for the cost, whether it attached false diagnosis codes to patient records in order to increase reimbursement to the hospitals and whether it billed the government for home health care visits for patients who did not qualify to receive them.

    On March 19th, 1997, investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company. Following the raids, the Columbia/HCA board of directors forced Rick Scott to resign as Chairman and CEO. He was paid a settlement of $9.88 million, and left with 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million, mostly from his initial investment. In 1999, Columbia/HCA changed its name back to HCA, Inc. http://www.justice.gov/opa/documents/doj-accomplishments.pdf

    Rick Scott remained under investigation but was never charged, yet several of his fellow executives were charged that had remained with the company. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/26/business/2-leaders-are-out-at-health-giant-as-inquiry-goes-on.html

    The fraud cases ultimately were resolved as part of two federal settlements — one in 2000 and another in 2002 — where Columbia/HCA agreed to pay a record $1.7 billion in fines and also agreed to plead guilty to 14 felonies in five states. The U.S. Justice Department called the Columbia/HCA deal the largest government fraud settlement in U.S. history. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2002-12-18-hca-settlement-_x.htm

    Romney’s Bain Capitol was the parent company of HCA in 1997.

    Bain Capitol portfolio of companies with HCA listed as a Bain holding: http://www. baincapitalprivateequity.com/Investments/432/HCA

    In May 2010, HCA filed for an IPO offering of $4.6 billion backed by buyout firms Bain Capital and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co KKR.AS, the biggest buyout-backed offering since the financial crisis began nearly three years ago. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6463LV20100507?irpc=932

    So just 9 short years after being charged in the biggest Medicaid and Medicare fraud case in history, HCA was offering an IPO after being purchased in November 2006 in a $21 billion deal by Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, ( some of the sane companies involved in the global market crash of 2008), and HCA’s founders. The founders of HCA include Jack C. Massey and Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr, grandfather of former U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist. Richard M. Bracken is the current CEO of HCA.

    A U.S. Senator is a founder?? Hmmm?????

    In January of 2007 HCA announced plans to pay its owners a $1.75 billion dividend.

    The cronyism and corruption runs deep!!!!! And to the folks who are supporting Scott for governor, to possibly put him and his corporate cronies in the governor’s mansion again? Are you insane???

  21. TrafficAvenger Says:

    Marine Veteran,
    First off thank you for your service.
    Second thank you for the very well said statement of information on our beloved Gov. Rick Scott. Obviously not everyone sees Mr. Scott for the crook he is and when some of us call him on his past, others think we are the madness in the room for not standing by this mental madman of corporate theft. I think one poster went so far to call us “the low information folks”.

    One thing you did not touch on and one of my favorite subjects. Drug testing welfare recipients and state workers for a cost of $48 million a year which is nothing more then a way for Gov. Scott to pilfer state funding and redirect these funds to the walk-in-clinics his wife is still an active partner in. This would equate to $192 million by end of his first term in office with a savings to the state of “NOTHING, NADA, ZIP.

    This is why he ran for the office on his own dime. He is not stupid. He can see where to make money off the state while he is in office. He sees no problem letting the taxpayers pick up the financing for his former corporation.

    Again, Thank you for your service.
    Thank you for the well said post.
    Enjoy the day.
    TA

  22. Hank Shae Says:

    the Scott haters are no better or worse than the Obama haters..they have the same mental health issues ..probably had a bad relationship with their daddies..

  23. Lashaun Failla Says:

    Make money online from home

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