An angry crowd of teachers, nurses, and unemployed people stormed the governor’s office Thursday to ask Rick Scott, where are the jobs? Scott was out of town, but the crowd delivered hundreds of pink slips to his secretary and told him the governor’s got to go.
With signs in their hands, a song on their hearts, and pink slips ready to be delivered, an angry mob of five hundred nurses, teachers, and unemployed people took over Governor Rick Scott’s office Thursday.
One-by-one, the working class Floridians handed pink slips to Governor Rick Scott’s staff.
The group claims Scott has eliminated 330-thousand jobs, and has yet to create one. Here’s how they came up with the figure. First they say Scott’s rejection of federal dollars for high speed rail cost the state 113-thousand jobs. Then they say that Scott’s plan to privatize Medicaid, which could deprive the state of billions of federal matching dollars, would eliminate 135-thousand. That brings the total about 260-thousand. The rest, they say, would come from privatizing prisons, cutting education funding, and laying off state workers.
Amos Irvin says if Scott doesn’t change his tune soon, the voters will change it for him. “His polling numbers are going down so he’d better pay attention to us.”
Others, like healthcare worker Pat Butman, say Scott’s policies will make the rich richer and the poor suffer more. “The corporations will have an easier time in Florida and it will all be on the backs of the workers.”
While the workers packed Scott’s office, he was in Port St. Lucie meeting with the unemployed and talking about his plan to create 700-thousand jobs.
A spokesman for the governor says Scott respects the rights of the protesters to rally at the capitol, but says their claims are false.