A massive story broke overnight — If The Guardian unleashes a Florida investigation, you know it is a big deal. And this morning, it dropped a bombshell regarding Rick Scott‘s time in the Governor’s Mansion.
The reveal: the Scott administration blocked more than $50 million in federal funds awarded to Florida between 2015 and 2017 to fight the spread of HIV.
The reason it matters: at a time where almost every other state in the country reduced its rate of HIV infection during those years, Florida saw a surge of hundreds of new HIV cases that might have been prevented if the state had accepted the federal funding.
Other highlights (or is it lowlights) from the report:
- “From 2015 to 2017, Florida was forced to return to the federal government $54m in unspent grants for combating HIV – due to an apparently deliberate failure on the part of state health