Which insensitive snafu by Rick Scott’s administration was worse (updated)

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Which insensitive snafu by Governor Rick Scott and his administration was worse…

Cutting funding for the developmentally disabled then attending a Special Olympics event:

Scott invoked his “emergency powers” to impose a 15 percent cut to the rates charged by group home workers and case workers that help the 30,000 Floridians with cerebral palsy, autism, and Down Syndrome.

The same day his cuts are announced — Scott appeared at a Special Olympics Torch Run with his wife and other state officials. The run is designed to promote the upcoming Special Olympics in Florida, and raise money for developmentally disabled athletes along the way.


Vetoing funding for a rape crisis center during month promoting Sexual Assault Awareness:

The Florida legislature approved $1.5 million to fund 30 rape crisis centers this fiscal year. But last Tuesday, in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the budget line item. A spokesperson for the governor said the allocation is “duplicative” because sexual violence programs are already covered in the $70 billion budget.


As Ashley Lopez reports, honoring the director of a rape crisis center after cutting her funding?

Earlier this week…the governor eliminated $1.5 million in state funds for 30 rape crisis centers across the state during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A day after that news began to spread, Scott attended an awards ceremony at the Capitol for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Among those who received an award that day: Nicole Bishop, the director of Palm Beach County Victim Services, which was one of the rape crisis centers that lost funding due to Scott’s veto.

And his supporters wonder why he is still at a 36% approval rate.

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