Americans for Prosperity Florida published a statement on Wednesday afternoon, calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to sign the budget submitted by the state legislature earlier in the day. The budget is in danger after state lawmakers excluded some of the Scott’s priorities.
“This budget cuts waste, funds better opportunities for kids in failing schools, and puts money in reserve. Governor Scott should sign this budget.” said AFP State Director Chris Hudson.
While the budget has gotten fairly high grades from Conservatives, it fails to include Scott’s requested budget dollars for his embattled economic programs, Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida. AFP and many GOP lawmakers have called the programs “corporate welfare” that invites outside companies to challenge native Florida businesses with their own tax dollars. Advocates for the programs say their responsible for job gains in the state.
The Governor could veto the entire $82 billion dollar budget or parts of it. There has also been a second budget battle being fought around the state asking Scott to veto an Education Appropriations bill, many public school advocates believe hands over too much power to charter schools.
“This budget also makes historic cuts to wasteful spending by zeroing out taxpayer dollars for controversial economic incentives.” says Hudson “Forcing lawmakers back into a special session would demonstrate to taxpayers that special interests hold more weight in the Governor’s mansion than average Floridians who only expect their hard-earned dollars be used on essential government services. We call on Governor Scott to do the right thing – sign this budget into law.”