She called the atmosphere surrounding the proposal “harassment of the leadership” and noted that “politicians already have substantial influence” because elected county commissioners approve Jackson’s annual budget and appoint Jackson’s board.
But Baker said her union, which campaigned hard in the early 1990s for the half-penny sales tax to support Jackson, had “promised then we would be watchdogs on the inside, and we are.”
Jackson gets more than $300 million a year from sales and property tax revenue — meaning it has received billions over the years, as the flier says.
The four also says that “Migoya, the millionaire banker who earns more than $800,000 a year to run Jackson, wants to sell the Emergency Room and Rape Treatment Center to the highest bidder.”
Migoya, a career banker before becoming Jackson’s CEO last year, has a contract for $590,000 a year in base salary, a benefits package of $107,121 and possible bonuses up to $295,000. Migoya has said previously he would donate any bonus this year to the Jackson Memorial Foundation.
Migoya said last week that most of the rape treatment center’s staff would remain Jackson employees. At most, a doctor or nurse practitioner from an outside company might examine and treat a rape victim, he said.
The flier urges voters to complain to Migoya, giving his office phone number and Jackson email. Spokesman O’Dell said Migoya has been getting about 10 phone calls a day as a result of the flier and about 25 emails over the past week.
The ER privatization debate continued to simmer at a County Commission budget hearing Thursday evening. Jordan proposed that the commission approve a motion tied to Jackson’s budget that would forbid any privatization efforts but Chairman Joe Martinez didn’t like the idea.
“I’m leery of tying it to the budget, because of the unintended consequences it may have,” he said.
Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo said Jackson’s plans were turning political. He mentioned that he had received the anti-privatization flier in the mail.
“Keeping the politics out of Jackson?” Jordan later fired back. “I wish that was possible.”
Miami Herald staff writer Patricia Mazzei contributed to this report.