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Monday, 28 October 2013 12:49

Enterprise Florida Misusing Taxpayer Funds?

Written by  FL Center for Investigative Reporting; Contributed by Michael Myjak


By Ashley Lopez
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

A new national report criticizes the use of public-private partnerships for economic development in several states, including Florida.

Good Jobs First, a left-leaning group promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development, analyzed the economic development efforts of four governors in their report—one of which is Gov. Rick Scott.

Since Scott took office in 2010, the state’s public-private partnership, Enterprise Florida, which works to lure businesses to Florida, has been a cornerstone of his economic development plan.

Based in Washington, D.C., Good Jobs First claims that public-private partnerships in Florida and other states “have, by and large, become costly failures characterized by misuse of taxpayer funds, conflicts of interest, excessive executive pay, questionable subsidy awards, exaggerated job-creation claims, lack of transparency, and resistance to oversight.”




About Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Founded in 2010, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, digital and bilingual investigative journalism organization working to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice. FCIR believes this type of reporting is essential to democracy, and will use the latest technologies and storytelling techniques to connect with diverse audiences throughout the state.

Working under the guidance and supervision of a board of directors, a dedicated staff of journalists at FCIR produces investigative journalism in collaboration with its partners, including traditional and ethnic news media. FCIR’s goal is to create a statewide network to deliver reports on multiple platforms, including print, radio, television and online.

FCIR is a member of the Investigative News Network, a coalition of nonprofit news organizations dedicated to in-depth, investigative journalism in the public interest.




Who is Good Jobs First?

Good Jobs First is a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, promoting corporate and government accountability in economic development and smart growth for working families. We provide timely, accurate information on best practices in state and local job subsidies, and on the many ties between smart growth and good jobs. Good Jobs First works with a very broad spectrum of organizations, providing research, training, communications and consulting assistance.



THANKS to Michael Myjak for bringing this to our attention.


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