Eight hundred thousand Floridians remain out of work, yet the state is contracting with out of state firms that aren’t creating a single Florida job. The state’s Enterprise Florida recently chose a Nashville firm over four Florida firms to create a marketing slogan, and you could pay twice as much for a death certificate to a Tennessee company if you want to use a credit card.
After Marge Masterman’s husband died, she wanted to learn more about her family history, so she started looking for family death certificates.
The state Bureau of Vital Statistics told her to call an 800 number. "I found out it was in Texas and the gentleman told me that they had outsourced the contract from the State of Florida".
Here in Florida, you can’t order anything from the official state vital statistics website if you want to pay with a credit card".
Vital Check of Tennessee charged her 15 dollars instead of the five the state would've charge her for the first death certificate, then the company added a seven dollar processing fee. Vital Check processes 65 hundred requests a month. At 17 dollars apiece, their income would be one point three million.
Marge Masterman, a retired college professor is upset about being ripped off. "We are going to pay someone out of the state 17 dollars, why don't we pay a person in the state 17 dollars and give the job to someone in Florida".
In another case of outsourcing, Enterprise Florida, the partnership charged with bringing businesses to the state, chose the Nashville company over four Florida companies for a 2 hundred thousand dollar branding contract.
Florida's job Governor seemed unfazed by the decision. "My goal for Enterprise Florida is to get more jobs for Floridians. And so I want them to do the best job they can".
The Nashville firm that got the branding contract had previous ties to the man Scott chose to lead economic development in Florida.
Vital Check of Nashville is the only authorized firm to distribute birth, death and other vital statistic certificates. The state pays it nothing, so the firm makes its profits from fees charged to customers.