Rick Scott's Best Political Miscalculations
4. Rejecting more than $2 billion for high-speed rail
Scott told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to stuff $2.4 billion for a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando right where the sun don't shine. Sure it wouldn't have posed any immediate benefit to South Florida, but the plan would've created thousands of jobs and lay the groundwork to connect the state's major population centers. Republican lawmakers rebuked the move and even former Gov. Jeb Bush was scratching his head.
3. Drug tests for everyone!
Gov. Scott successfully pushed through a campaign to drug test all recipients of state welfare. Early results showed that only two percent of those who applied for assistance after the law took effect in mid 2011 failed and that the program, which was supposed to save money, ended up costing more than $100,000. The program was shut down after four months. When Scott sought to begin drug testing state employees the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit and a federal judge in April 2012 ruled testing all 85,000 state employees was unconstitutional.