Scott Visits APD, After Issuing Emergency Cuts

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Carrying the torch of the Special Olympics, Governor Rick Scott finished a 1.6 mile run and made his way up the steps of state capitol.

He was met there by special needs children and adults. He promised not to forget their struggles. Then, just hours later, he cut funding for the disadvantaged.

“What we are doing is, I believe is, the path to the long term viability of that agency,” said Gov. Scott on March 31st.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is 170 million dollars in the hole. To make up the deficit the governor ordered a cut to the money the agency gives service providers by 15 percent.

The cuts were immediately met with pushback from providers like Patricia Potter, who says her agency that serves 49 mentally and physically challenged adults would have to cut programs and staff.

“The cut will take us so low that it’s hard to do overhead and pay for liability insurance and people don’t want to work for minimum wage,” said Potter.

Scott missed a rally last week where Patricia and hundreds more asked for the money to be restored, but Tuesday he faced his decision head-on.

Scott spoke to employees at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. He says he’ll restore the money if the legislature can find it in the budget.

“If they provide us the funding then we will withdraw the executive order and we will be able to go back to the rates we are paying providers,” said Scott.

Now many service providers and the disabled have turned to legislature hoping for a sympathetic ear. The House has money in its budget to restore the cuts. The Senate is moving that direction, as the two chambers meet in conference to try and come up with a unified spending plan.


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  • by Widget on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    This sounds really much worse than it is. Do people REALLY know what the government is paying for? Sure we need to take care of the basic needs of the disabled. Food, Shelter, Medical and even day care programs. However, we don't need fancy facilities like they have. Classrooms that teach skills that are unattainable for this population. A lot of these people live better than the average person does. They have medical insurance that others try hard to find a job that will provide it.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    I support Scott in almost every area except this. If any segment of society deserves the financial and legal care that the state is obliged to provide it's those who are physically and, or mentally challenged. I can't speak for all, but for myself I would gladly support a loss of services in other areas and a increase in taxes to maintain a decent lifestyle for those less fortunate...
  • by Bill Location: Tallahasse on Apr 13, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    Gov Scott is doing a good deed for the state of Florida. President Obama should follow his lead if not "Rick Scott" for president.
  • by steve Location: tall on Apr 13, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    After reading this, it occurred to me what a good South Park episode these lines would make.. "Carrying the torch of the Special Olympics, Governor Rick Scott finished a 1.6 mile run and made his way up the steps of state capitol. He was met there by special needs children and adults. He promised not to forget their struggles. Then, just hours later, he cut funding for the disadvantaged."
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM
    Anyone check to see if our Governor is a robot?? I did not think humans could survive without a heart.
  • by Lori on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    If the state jobs are so cushy why don't you work there? Because you can't afford the PAY CUT!
  • by Scott is right on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Hey leave the man alone, APD does not need the funding, they can go get a job, how about a cushy state job?
  • by DumpScott on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    Is this not the same clown that invoked his "Emergency Powers" to take up to 40% of APD money away? Now he is passing the buck, throwing the legislature under the bus.....what a schmuk.
  • by miller on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    how you going to restore a funding fro aped and you a crook gov.scott i am a apd client and i need that funding that can help us
  • by THE DEVIL Location: hot spot on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    keep it up rick, i'll be seeing you soon !
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