September 10, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott May Reject Job Plan's Money

Obama Stimulus Money
by Gary Fineout, Florida Wires: Gov. Rick Scott and top Florida Republicans are sending early signals they could reject the billions in federal aid that could flow to the state under President Barack Obama's jobs proposal.

Florida has a 10.7 percent unemployment rate that is higher than the national average. But Scott and GOP legislative leaders said the plan outlined by President Obama was too similar to the nearly $800 billion stimulus package that was approved by Congress back in 2009.

"It sounds like President Obama still doesn't get it," House Speaker Dean Cannon said Friday. "The answer to the current economic problems is not spending more money."

. . . Scott has already shown he is willing to reject federal aid.

He turned away more than $2 billion for high speed rail that came out from the first stimulus package. The governor is a fierce critic of Obama and he sounded off on the campaign trail about using stimulus funding to balance the state budget.

While Scott has not taken an absolute stance against all stimulus-related aid, a spokesman said Friday that the governor would be opposed to any additional federal spending if it added to the federal debt. Obama said that he would propose additional budget savings in order to pay for his jobs plan. . . . [Full Story]

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