Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Gov. Rick Scott stand near the intersection of "Jennifer Carroll St." and "Rick Scott Way" during the inaugural parade Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 along Monroe St. in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo courtesy Tallahassee Democrat.
Tampa, FL - Six months after Jennifer Carroll resigned as Florida's Lieutenant Governor, the position remains vacant.
Wednesday Governor Rick Scott declined to reveal a timetable for naming a replacement only that he is "focused on finding the right person."
But as long as the position sits empty taxpayers are saving money.
The Lieutenant Governor's office has an annual budget of roughly $510,000, about $125,000 of that money going to cover the second-in-command's salary.
Should the position be abolished?
Creative Loafing's Political Editor Mitch Perry weighs in with this story as does retired Tampa Bay Times Associate Editor Martin Dyckman with this piece.
Five states -- Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Wyoming -- don't have a Lieutenant Governor and Florida did without one between 1885 and 1968.