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State spends $80k on renovations for Gov. Rick Scott's office

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A little more than halfway through Gov. Rick Scott's first year in office, the state has spent $79,805.69 to expand his chief of staff's office and paint walls and replace carpet elsewhere in the first floor executive suites.

Asked about spending money on renovations while the state budget is being cut, Scott said, "It's a normal process they go through where DMS does this."

"They're really the landlord," Scott told the Times/Herald, referring to the Department of Management Services. "They do this every 10 years. They do new paint and carpet."

Jack Miles, the head of DMS, said his department encouraged the governor's office to paint and re-carpet in way that would "ensure uniformity and cost-effectiveness." Miles didn't mention a ten-year cycle, but did say the generally accepted replacement schedule for "commercial carpet" is seven years.

"The carpet in the governor's office received above average foot traffic and the carpet seams were in a frayed and worn condition, which would soon have become a tripping hazard," Miles said in a letter to the Times/Herald.

Neither Miles nor Scott offered an explanation for expansion of the new chief of staff's office, which cost $11,063.95.

The governor's office did provide other context, though. Included in a public recrequest for bills related to the renovation were 42 pictures (like the ones above) of stains on the carpet, around toilets and on the wall.

They offered estimates of the renovations during Gov. Jeb Bush's term, which totaled $157,500.

Scott's team also provided a list of some various renovations and improvements made in the offices of their fellow Republicans on the first floor of the Capitol as well as in the Legislature.

According to the list, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman's office this year received $108,604 in renovations, including $85,973 in new carpet. Offices for the Republican-controlled Legislature received $200,000 in new carpet.

--Times/Herald Janet Zink contributed to this report.

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FritzW

They use the same argument every year, "the carpets are replaced every 10 years." More appropriately they should say anytime there is a new person in office carpets are changed. The real issue here is that the $80,000 spent to make their office look all nice could have easily been used to hire or maintain two or more employees at a fairly decent wage. Our jobs governor sure knows where the money should go. The rest of the state has to utilize old buildings, moldy ceilings and so on, but we must make sure the Governor office looks all nice and pretty for all the guests it receives. Go RS!!!

FritzW

Oh wait please excuse me the actual numbers listed in this blog, show that over $385,000 was spent on renovations. Our governor could have easily vetoed this budget line and said no way, we need to create jobs and with this amount of money.... Let's see I could hire a couple of my cronies at very large salaries or I could keep some of my current employees or whatever breakdown you want. Wait, this is just a ridiculous amount of money to be spending on renovating floor space and painting walls, so lets do it. No big deal, the people of FL won't notice.

nanci little

$280,000 plus for new carpet and pain for Republican offices.. no mention of the offices of the Dems that work up at the Capital? How strange..

$280,000... how many teachers could the State have hired for another year to help out in the worst of the overcrowded classrooms of our public schools, thanks to Scott's purging of teachers?

6? 7? Instead we got carpet and paint that will no one any good.. especially not your or me or our children. THANKS to our very own Gov. Gollum!

Meagan Morrison

The state worker skin curtains were a bit pricey, but the manatee furniture was definitely worth it.

Jarod Leddy

Meanwhile these same people took away all building and improvement PECO funds from Florida's public schools this year... Not one red cent to a normal Florida public school! Hypocrites! My carpet in my classroom is stained, torn and frayed too!

Kathie

If it costs $86k to replace carpet in the Secy of Agriculture's offices alone, I have two comments: (1) $86,000 for CARPET?!?!?, and (2) if they had installed some sort of tile/marble/porcelain like most older buildings that still look stunning with regular mopping and polishing, these hundreds of thousands of dollars could be saved over the long tun.

Therese Cuba

HIPPOCRIT rick scott...POOR FLORIDA CHILDREN HAVE TO BE IN MOLDY CLASSROOMS BUT AT LEAST THE BILLIONAIRE (I CAN'T SAY WHAT I WANT TO SAY HERE) RICK SCOTT USED $80,000+ FOR HIMSELF! WHAT A PIG! OINK OINK YOU STINK RICK SCOTT....NOT EVEN A BATH WILL HELP YOU!

Ines Menendez

Much money was taken away from Children and adults with severe disabilities so these crook can refurbish. Cuts will continue for disabled individuals like my son who has Autism. He should be thrown out of office like Mayor Alvarez.

bobr

The teacher union school bums commenting here didn't have a problem when their groups did 10 million worth of damage at the capitol in Wisconsin. Now they worry about 80K for maintenance? Get a life!

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