Florida Governor Rick Scott Gives Thumbs Up To Public Worker Organizing

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is now to the right of Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) on the question of allowing public sector workers to unionize.

“My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine,” Scott said in an interview with Tallahassee’s WFLA FM radio station.Scott claimed that Walker has no choice but to pare back worker benefits because deficits are projected to be large and tax hikes are off the table.

“No one’s voting for a tax increase,” Scott said.

But as long as state workers are agreeing to pony up, Scott says the workers should be allowed to organize. Walker’s drawn a bright line on that issue. Which is saying something — the tea party favorite Scott is definitely no RINO.

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