Dozens of state workers from Tallahassee and Northwest Florida got awards Wednesday for making government more efficient. Florida Gov. Rick Scott gave the keynote speech at the 25th annual Prudential-Davis Productivity Awards.
The government efficiency awards are co-sponsored by the state and nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch.
TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro said, “'Government productivity' is not an oxymoron, and you folks prove it."
Scott said, a dropping unemployment rate and rise in consumer confidence show, state government is working well.
"I want to congratulate all the award recipients," he said. "You are having an impact on families all across our state. There’s so much more confidence in our state now.”
According to TaxWatch, award winners saved the state a combined total of more than $500 million. The group plans to honor all of them at regional ceremonies throughout the month.