Media Advisory: April 21, 2017
CJG urges lawmakers to abolish Triumph Gulf Coast and disburse BP damages directly to local governments
Citizens for a Just Government urges Florida’s legislature to abolish Triumph Gulf Coast and divide 75% of the total damages awarded to Florida between counties and municipalities in the eight disproportionately affected counties referenced in Florida Statute 288.8012, allocated by population size.
In its role as custodian of “other people’s money,” government is inherently susceptible to fraud, waste and abuse. Tracking taxpayer money is a key part of Citizens for a Just Government’s ethical oversight mission.
Triumph Gulf Coast’s distance from local economic conditions and its reliance on a political appointee Board, which includes officials from a monopoly power company with its own vested interests; exacerbates the potential for fraud, waste and abuse.
The original settlement included no stipulation that a third party receive or allocate the money.
CJG thus opposes funneling any funds through Triumph and urges legislators to ensure maximum effectiveness by distributing damages directly to the officials already vested with authority over economic improvement and diversification decisionmaking by the affected populations in question.
Citizens for a Just Government is a grassroots advocacy organization, formed in response to increasingly evident institutional corruption in local, state and national government.
Our mission is to investigate, challenge and present solutions to public ethics problems that, if left unchecked, threaten to compromise a just democracy that serves all citizens equitably