Report: State of Florida employs 202 PR pros—to the tune of $14 million

Another bout of bad press for the state, which is experiencing a budget crisis. Good thing it has such a deep bench of PR talent.

First, we told you about a strange taxpayer-funded PR campaign that involved spending $14,000 on superhero capes for the unemployed. Now, the state is taking heat for employing 202 PR employees to whom the state pays $14 million a year.

Like many states, Florida is facing a budget crisis, and this isn’t sitting well with the independent government watchdog organization Florida TaxWatch. The Orlando Sentinel has picked up on the story, which means it will probably start to stink as far as the public is concerned.

According to the report, many titles of communications employees are misleading. Their mean salary is $59,173—nearly $20,000 higher than that of the average Floridian.

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