It happened this way once before— a whistleblower, a liability pushing two billion. And Rick Scott was pushed out.
We are still learning details this morning, but on the surface this new whistleblowing case seems really, really bad.
During his campaign, Tea Party Rick Scott didn’t shy away from harsh rhetoric against Floridians on long term unemployment. And in his first session, he did cut their benefits. We are also learning that he put pressure on his newly renamed Department of Economic Opportunity to crack down and push for more and more collections of owed repayments. While the cuts were harsh, and at the worst time possible, the crack down on paybacks seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.
A lone whistleblower noticed that about 97 people were inadvertently sent to the wrong collections agency. It turned out to be about 19,000.
That means that Rick Scott’s administration likely made it harder for these Floridians to keep a car, house, or education loans during the great recession.
That 19,000 is also extraordinarily close to the number of teaching jobs Charlie Crist SAVED during the recession. But I digress.
When the error was noticed by the whistleblower, it wasn’t the employee that was not abiding by checks and blanches that was let go. It was the whistleblower.
But not before some of the same people that recently massively messed up the Connect Florida unemployment portal attempted to cover it up and make the whistleblower the rouge employee.
Just like the website, there are a lot of directions to point for fault. It wasn’t Rick Scott that pushed the buttons, but it seems more than likely it was his culture that kept it hidden and worse.
And it’s telling that when one Floridians took action and demanded $100,000, the state quickly settled. Let’s do the math. Rick Scott’s private sector fraud cost $1.7 billion. And his public section mismanagement may cost $1.9 billion. Add that to his high speed rail and medicaid tab, please.
Today’s claims would come with a grain of salt, but instead of salt, we have findings by the Florida Commission on Human Relations and a jury of her peers.
It’s a big, big, deal.
You do remember what happened last time? The people on the board pushed Rick Scott out.
Let’s see if the people of Florida do the same.