More Cash for Schools in Florida?

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Governor Rick Scott got out his veto pen on Thursday…

“Today I’m exercising that authority to remove an additional 615 million dollars,” Scott said.

Scott suggested the savings go to education.

So far, the Governor’s call to put the vetoed money into schools is falling on deaf ears. But even if it wasn’t, it’s not that easy to do.

Through the magic of state budgeting, key lawmakers say the real total available to schools is less than 150 million. Florida’s teachers union is also questioning Scott’s motives.

“For the governor to, who never mentioned education in his first proposal, who didn’t do anything to lobby for education, for him to now come out and say something that would require a special session, is a little disingenuous,” Florida Education Association spokesperson Mark Pudlow said.

The Governor was indifferent when we asked about the cold shoulder his idea was getting.

“We can all agree that it’s more important to put money into education than a horse barn,” Scott said.

And school superintendents say they are not counting on any additional cash.

“We’ve got our budget,” Sen. Bill Montford, with the Florida Association of School Superintendents said. “We know what we’ve been cut. School superintendents and school board members throughout Florida are making those tough decisions, and you’ll see a lot of people laid off throughout Florida in the school districts.”

When Scott Proposed his budget, he called for a 10 percent cut to schools. Lawmakers settled on 7.9 percent.

In his weekly radio address, Scott called the items he vetoed “short-term, frivolous spending”, even though some of the items included money to fix leaking roofs in university buildings.

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  • by Jane on May 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    It doesn't matter what he says because, like Bush, none of it passes the smell test of reasonable thought. He is out the next election, as are many of his conservative pals in Tally. Bye bye.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Money has been thrown at education for years with zero return...and you guys think that throwing more money at it will help...seriously? He is doing what he was voted to do, and if you dont like it...stop complaining and hit the polls when you can. Where is all this fake outrage over the Marks and Proctor and the jobs they cost Tallahassee?
  • by Thom on May 28, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Scott is either more ignorent of the process than any of us could imagine or he is engaging in utterly transparent politicking. He (presumably) knows that the governor cannot simply veto line items out of the legislative-approved budget and send that money to other uses. His previous call for a 10% cut to education is very telling about the veracity of his current statement.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on May 28, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    Gov bald bully "hopes" this veto monies goes to education?HOPES goes to EDUCATION why the name Gov Bald Bully? since this person took/bought gov office he has done nothing but pick on children education,disable etc ONLY A BULLY picks on those whom can fight back SO Gov Bald Bully
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      by Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 02:08 PM in reply to Elizabeth
      Only a stupid person picks on people who can fight back. Bullies pick on people who can't fight back.
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 04:57 PM
    if it isn't appropriated, it won't go anywhere. Money not spent doesn't magically get spent somewhere else. That is why there is a budget. Without the budget, and the authority to spend, it won't be spent. On the plus side, there should be money left over after this budget year (if the budget analysts correctly forecast the incoming revenue).
  • by Bertram Gus Dickus Location: North Florida on May 27, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Florida, the best state in the country to work, live and LIE!
  • by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Thanks for a revealing story Mr. Vasalinda. Now can you find out and tell us where the outstanding $465 million from this veto is going (since it won`t be to schools) and who is getting it? I am also glad you pointed out the inconsistancey of Gov.Scott wanting education money to be cut by 10%, the Legislature cut 7% and now he wants to "give" money back to education. Did this give you the impression of a flip-flop?
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      by what will make you happy? on May 28, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to
      He cut everywhere...and in the end he cut something less important and returns it to education...and you still complain?
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        by Elizabeth on May 28, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to what will make you happy?
        NO Gov Bald Bully DID NOT return monies to EDUCATION Gov Bald Bully HOPES that the monies would go to EDUCATION GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT "what will make you happy" Me like Sara P leaves office since he is not making any money as Gov of Fla
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        by Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 02:12 PM in reply to what will make you happy?
        He can not just return it, or move it. The legislature has to appropriate (budget) the money. The legislature did not pass any bills allowing this money to be spent on education. The Governor can veto the spending, but he can not decide (all by himself) to spend the money on education. So this makes your post utterly ridiculous.
  • by 3minidoxies Location: Tallahassee on May 27, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    The leaking roofs are not at the Mansion so who cares.
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