Florida Politics by Noah Pransky
June 20, 2019
If there’s one thing Democratic and Republican voters agree on, it’s that government could operate more efficiently. And Florida is missing a giant opportunity on this front.
Anytime I’ve ever reported a story about government corruption or wasted tax dollars, I get a pretty reliable stream of both outrage and “I’m not surprised” responses. Likely, because the outrageous waste of tax dollars is all-too-common in Florida.
We typically don’t know about these issues until an employee on the inside reaches out to a reporter or some government leader with oversight. And sadly, there aren’t enough investigative reporters to go around.
That’s why it’s more important than ever for Florida to make it as easy as possible for insiders to report abuses to state and local agencies, without the fear of retribution.
However, it’s been brought to my attention that Florida lags behind many of its peers on whistleblower protections, including even notoriously-regressive, bureaucratic federal agencies.