Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

For Florida Gov. a friend in White House and foes back home

For Florida Gov. a friend in White House and foes back home

The smackdown of Scott by his own party has fueled speculation he might become the first governor since Lawton Chiles in 1992 to veto an entire budget.

Scott, in a statement on the signing, doubled down on his plea from earlier for state funding to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds the lake.

Scott put out a three paragraph earlier today slamming the Legislature for cutting Enterprise Florida, reducing Visit Florida funding and hammering out the final details of the budget mostly in secret.

Water flows from the lake have been blamed for murky water and blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. He criticized legislators for assembling most of the budget - which covers spending from July of this year to June 2018 - in secret and for refusing to set aside money for his top priorities including money for business incentives. "Just like I do every year, I will make my decisions based on what's best for our families because my job is to wake up every day and fight for Floridians".

"Last night, the Florida Legislature passed a budget that was done largely behind closed doors". But in opposing the tourism and business incentive programs, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and other Republicans repeatedly accused Scott of favoring "corporate welfare" - a line of attack Democrats are likely to pursue against Scott if he runs next year. Scott backed strong anti-immigration moves in 2010 but then backed off later.

A spokeswoman for Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, also addressed Scott's "backroom deals" accusation on Monday by saying public testimony was incorporated in budget deliberations and meetings frequently included staff from the governor's office and state agencies.

Corcoran last fall even borrowed a line from Bernie Sanders in deriding Scott's beloved Enterprise Florida: "The government engaging in social engineering to pick winners and losers that benefit the 1 percent is a bad deal for Florida taxpayers. And what we're going to do is, we're going to go out there and we're going to grab that authority".

Senate Republicans say they tried to back Scott's priorities and have urged him to sign the new budget. Sen. "There's got to be some give and take".

"You can't predict that until we see what he vetoes", Braynon said.

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