Since Linux Mint Debian seems relatively smooth and stable, I'm thinking that, like Linux for the New York Stock Exchange (I think it was Red Hat), Linux Mint Debian may be a good sell for the state of Florida.
I don't exactly know how to make it happen. I work for Hillsborough County, Florida, in the Clerk of The Court system in the city of Tampa. They are in the process of updating their computers; I've seen a warehouse where they have just received about 140 new ones. Their MIS is a bit ignorant. Their internal LAN is run on Windows XP at present. I think they are planning to upgrade their windows from XP to Vista. I don't think they even realize that Windows 7 exists.
Since Florida, like most states, is painfully short of money, going to an O/S that is continually updated without having to buy and install a new O/S every few years would be a boon and real money saver. They have continuous problems with email viruses and those brought in by unauthorized CDs and flash drives. I'd think that a Linux system would cut those down, if not prevent them. Even if you had an annual or triannual (ever three year) user fee, I think it would still beat windows.
Since the MIS in my own area is a bit short sighted, going above them to state level, vs county or city level, would be best in my opinion. If the state goes for Linux Mint Debian, then city and county agencies should have to fall in line.
I do have an ulterior motive, of course. Saving the state and county money may help retain my job. I'm too low in the hierarchy to get this suggestion even considered, much less implemented. I'd urge you to contact the state, possibly in Tallahassee, and see what requirements there for submitting such a proposal. With states in a bind for dollars, this seems like the time to try to let Linux Mint Debian become more than just an experiment. Maybe you could try this proposal to several states. Or, in some cases, it might pay to propose at city or county levels. I'm sure it's not easy to fight the Micro$oft monopoly. But the money savings with Linux Mint Debian may be the ticket. Local applications may have to be designed, as well. For example, the county court system I work in has a localized application to check out and track court files. In this particular case, they bought an A"off-the-shelf" application, let it sit for 10 years, they had to hire a programmer to get it to do some semblance of what they wanted. I don't know if the whole state is this way. But. if the info helps you, it may help me.