Published: Feb 15, 2011 7:39 PM EST
Updated: Feb 15, 2011 4:39 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott is telling the state employees whose jobs may be among the most vulnerable that he's all about creating private sector jobs.

Scott visited the Department of Community Affairs, the agency whose functions he hopes to move under the Department of Environmental Protection, and later took questions Tuesday from employees who were clearly worried about their jobs.

He said he'd try to help anyone whose job is lost find another elsewhere in government. He also said the state needs to cut down on rules and regulations to attract companies to Florida.

The Department of Community Affairs is responsible for making sure the state's growth management laws are followed. Scott said companies are frustrated by the state's permitting process.

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