Gov. Rick Scott may have accepted $2 billion for high speed rail had the Obama administration been more willing to negotiate support for dredging in state ports, according to a new profile of Scott online today.
Fortune Magazine writer Tory Newmyer followed Scott around the Capitol a few weeks ago for the story, "The Education of Florida governor Rick Scott." It's a lengthy, detailed piece about Scott's political rise and the adjustments he made in his first (and very unpopular) year, things many Tallahassee watchers already know.
Aside from the busted deal for high speed rail, the piece briefly notes Scott asked Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson to rank the state's schools in order from best to worst (how?).
A couple excerpts from the story are below:
Longtime Scott-watchers call that a vintage performance: Walk into every negotiation with a line the other side needs to cross, and if they won't budge, shut your briefcase and walk out. A spokeswoman for LaHood declined to comment.
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I'm sitting in the governor's Tallahassee office as Scott quizzes his education chief on a plan to rank the state's 3,800 schools, first to last. The concept of imposing new metrics is pure Scott and dates, he is explaining, to his Columbia/HCA days, when he would rank, say, emergency rooms, to distill what separated the best from the worst. "Really, if you think about some of this stuff, it's pretty simplistic," he says. It's also exactly the kind of thing that rankles state employees and constituents ("shareholders," in Scott parlance).