Florida Pays $800k To Fix Governor's Mansion

Oct 28, 2013

Florida Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly pledged to slash government spending since his 2010 election. Yet more than $800,000 has been spent for substantial improvements to the Greek Revival mansion where he and his wife live.

Taxpayers have footed the bill for things like the cleaning of oriental rugs and refinishing the oak flooring at "the People's House." The sprawling edifice at 700 North Adams Street that serves as the private residence as well as official entertainment venue for the state's chief executive.

Some money, though, has come from lobbyists and corporate donors with business before Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Nearly $3 million was spent during Jeb Bush's eight years in office. That included some expensive, post-9/11 security upgrades. What has been spent under Scott far exceeds that used while Charlie Crist was in office.

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