They Just Don’t Get It

Governor Ric Scott and many republicans in Florida’s legislature have been trying to force the privatization of 29 prisons on the state’s DOC.  This earlier resulted in the forced resignation of the DOC’s director, who was adamantly opposed to the privatization (though he himself had been a champion of privatization before coming to Florida), and a lawsuit by the union representing Florida’s COs to block the proposal.  The union, the PBA, won in its initial lawsuit and Scott’s camp originally said it did not intend to appeal the judge’s decision that the legislature had acted unconstitutionally when it inserted the privatization language into a last-minute budget proviso.

But, being the stand-up guy he is, Governor Scott’s office decided to appeal the ruling at the very last minute.  Then, as if appealing a decision that your blatant corporate handout was unconstitutional wasn’t ballsy enough, Scott’s office re-opened the bidding process for the privatization because they were apparently so confident in their chances to win on appeal.  Thankfully, the PBA stepped in again, requesting that the court stop the bidding process because of the “panic” experienced by state COs who have no idea whether or not they’ll have a job within the next few months.  In fact, corrections officials had promised not to re-open the bidding process.  They should have stuck by their promise, because now the state has been ordered to “Cease and Desist” from all activities related to the proposal and privatization.

Get it through your head, Florida Republicans.  Your thinly-veiled handout to the industry that spent more than a million dollars lobbying you last election is unconstitutional and corrupt.  The plan should have never even made it this far.