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Rick Scott's admin. called out by GOP lawmakers on pension-reform delay. (An Adam Hollingsworth Effect?)

@MarcACaputo

Despite outward signs of support, Gov. Rick Scott's administration quietly endangered a top priority of fellow Republicans in the Legislature by delaying a financial analysis needed to help justify a public-worker pension-reform plan.

The issue boiled over late last week when state House Speaker Will Weatherford had to personally call Scott and his newly minted lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and complained that the governor's staff stopped a state agency from conducting the analysis.

“There is no question the Governor’s staff directed DMS to stop working with the House,” the state House budget chairman, Seth McKeel, said in a written statement furnished to the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times.

“The law requires the department to conduct actuary studies on all pension bills, and the hold-up would have resulted in killing pension reform without a single vote of elected officials,” McKeel, R-Lakeland, said. “Thankfully Lt. Governor Lopez-Cantera and Gov. Scott stepped in to correct the problem.”

Such direct finger-pointing from legislative leaders to the staff of a governor of the same party is unusual. The surprising tension threatens to complicate Scott's ability to steer a limited election-year agenda through the Republican Legislature heading into the lawmaking session that begins next week.

Complicating matters: Scott on Monday denied McKeel’s claims about his agency’s foot-dragging over the study, which would analyze the costs of changing pensions for most state workers who are hired in the future.

The delay has fueled speculation from Republicans that Scott’s administration wanted to kill the controversial pension-reform plan to spare the governor an election-year headache —one that would fire up left-leaning unions. However, since pension reform is a top issue for conservatives, the administration’s delay could outrage some of Scott’s Republican base.....

This could be another manifestation of the Adam Hollingsworth Effect, but it's unclear

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William

There is no doubt Adam Hollingsworth and campaign dictator Melissa Sellers are behind this. All orders come from those two. They should both be replaced.

Om

Ask DMS who gave them the directive.

James

You don't have to have a fake degree from the university of Alabama to know that deep sixing the speakers agenda is not a smart idea.

Anti-Tallahassee

It's sickening to watch Republicans trying to diminish the retirement incomes of public servants just to give money to their corporate sponsors. Looking forward to the end of Republican control of Tallahassee. Any honest "financial analysis" will show that pension reform is unnecessary.

joeblow

Scott may hate public employees but he's not that dumb. He doesn't need WeatherTURD's far right wing anti middle class, anti worker bill hanging around his neck come election time.
Smart move by Hollingsworth and Gov's staff.
WeatherTURD's bill won't be going anywhere this year and WeatherTURD will be gone as of May 1st.
Let's give WeatherTURD a good swift kick in the ass on his way out the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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