Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Tallahassee pledging to cut wasteful government spending. But at the same time he was cutting spending to state programs, Scott was using taxpayer money on repairs to "The People's House" of Florida.
According to the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 29, ever since Scott took office in 2010, he has racked up more than $800,000 in repair bills for the governors mansion. Most of the money used for repairing the Greek Revival mansion has been used for cleaning the oriental rugs, refinishing the floors and maintaining the grounds.
According to the Sentinel, other than donating $93,00 worth of furniture and exercise equipment, Scott has not footed any of the bills himself, instead leaving Florida taxpayers to foot the massive repair bill.
Previous governors have spent only a fraction of what Scott has spent on the mansion.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is planning to run against Scott in next years governor's race, spent only $27,000 on repairs to the mansion.
Of the $800,000 spent on the mansion, about $600,000 has been billed to taxpayers. The list of repairs and upgrades to the mansion includes: a $2,000 mirror for Ann Scott's bathroom, $38,000 on new rugs, window repairs, new wallpaper, paint, new screening around the pool, plus new furniture, pillows and drapes.
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