Two Democratic legislators from South Florida have scheduled a press conference tomorrow to demand that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity comply with a new law that requires the agency's web site to tell taxpayers how their money is being spent in the high-stakes jobs recruitment business.
Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, and Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, are asking that the state comply with the requirements of the new law by Jan. 1, 2014.
“Every year our state provides funds to companies in return for promises that they’ll create jobs,” Rodríguez said. “If job creation is the goal, then the portal is supposed to help keep score to see which projects are making good on promises to taxpayers. We passed reforms this year but DEO’s portal still doesn’t comply with either the spirit or the letter of the law.”
The law requires the state to not only list the tax incentives provided to companies but also list the average annual wage of persons holding jobs generated as well as the jobs retained.
“Transparency is lacking and the portal is not complete,'' Sobel said.
Here's their letter: