Hefty budget poses stark spending choices for Gov. Rick Scott
As Gov. Rick Scott surveys hundreds of grants for parks, trails, museums, aquariums, water projects and youth programs, Scott faces a stark choice. He can shore up his support among fiscal conservatives by slashing discretionary spending, or bless those projects and curry favor with legislators as he launches a difficult 2014 re-election campaign. “It’s Floridians’ money. They expect it to be spent wisely,” Scott said Friday after the Legislature adjourned its 2013 session. “So I’ll be going line by line and making sure we don’t waste any dollars.”
LEGISLATURE 2013 Gov. Rick Scott has 15 days to act on the record $74.5 billion budget, making this a "money year" for the governor in more ways than one. Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau The Florida Legislature's hard work is over and Gov. Rick Scott's is just beginning.