MIAMI (CBS4) — Gov. Rick Scott said a massive South Florida prison privatization plan won’t fly if it doesn’t save the state money.

Scott on Friday also downplayed the cost of laying off state employees at those prisons.

The Republican governor discussed the plan for privatizing 29 facilities in 18 counties during an interview with The Associated Press in Miami.

Scott said a $25 million estimate for such expenses as unused vacation and sick time is based on all of the prison employees being laid off.

He said they can instead transfer to other state prisons that have about 2,000 openings.

Scott said the deal won’t go through unless bids come back in compliance with a requirement for at least 7 percent in savings.

That would be about $22 million a year.


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Comments (4)
  1. Jimbo99 says:

    No it doesn’t, it hinges on how many relatives can make a buck off the state of Florida. Outsourcing by it’s very nature, MBA’s that have educated themselves beyond ever doing the job, that want to get all the perks of being FT state employees, yet have zero accountability & responsibility for actually producing results. America is top heavy with no value added management. Those that will take the credit as Scott’s pets, yet produce nothing. Corporations are that today, it’s why IBM sold to Lenovo, also why HP/Compaq is looking to get out of the PC business. Those at the end of their careers haven’t set up the transition, so the rest of them are scrambling to find anyone that’ll take the accountability & responsibility over. Someone is going to make a boatload of money here low balling labor to produce something like the story I read on ALF’s that don’t perform.

    1. Brownie@ says:

      You are so right, Jimbo. The same is happening with the privatization of education in the form of charter schools. Relatives and friends are waiting in line to feed at the taxpayers’ trough. We thought the military buying a $400 toilet seat was bad; wait unti we see what we will be paying for prisons and schools and the “perks” that come with them. We will be fools if we allow repubs and corporations to mess over this country again like they did in 2008. Fool me once…

  2. nottoday says:

    this will not work so it is a real fit for scott because anything he does never fits.

  3. Randy says:

    Privatization is a very bad thing,look at DCF did the same thing and now look corruption,corruption and more corruption.

    “Absolute POWER corrupts absolutely”