With the 2017 legislative session winding down in Tallahassee, fears that the Republican-led legislature wouldn’t come to terms on a budget have been qualmed.
Now the issues is not whether legislators play nice and come together on a state budget, but if and when Gov. Rick Scott will veto it.
With all of his attempts to pressure legislatures into moving along his jobs agenda, It looks as if Scott is poised to stamp a big ole veto on the budget.
All three of Scott’s budgetary requests were rejected on their face.
Scott’s Enterprise Florida is not being funded and the overall state Tourism marketing budget has been cut by $50 million.
The third is not as sexy as the first two demands, but worth the mention.
Legislators did not allocate dollars to help speed up the repairs currently being don to the dike around Lake Okeechobee, something Scott really pushed for.
This move by the state legislature to defund EFI and Visit Florida was expected, as Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) and other stuck to script and followed through with their initial ‘no money for you’ position.
“I feel like this Legislature is turning their backs on their constituents,” Scott said. “I can tell you — I travel the state — people care about jobs, they want the dike fixed.”-TB Times
Will Gov. Scott consider his option to veto the entire budget? Well, his answer clearly leaves the option on the table
“As you know, the governor has lots of opportunities.”-Gov. Rick Scott