Gov. Rick Scott reverses developmental disabilities cuts
After talks with the House and Senate, Gov. Rick Scott said he'll reverse his deep rate cuts to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities because legislators said they'll fill the deficit. Scott issued an emergency order earlier this month to cut rates by at least 15 percent because APD was scheduled to go into deficit in mid May. Projected budget hole: $174 million.
Because the state forbids deficits, Scott said he had little choice but to cut rates.
The House planned to deal with the situation by plugging this year's budget deficit in next year's proposed budget. The Senate had no such language. But Senate President Mike Haridopolos said last week that his chamber wanted to fill the hole.
Senate budget chief JD Alexander said earlier today that the Legislature would fill the deficit, but APD is on notice: "No agency will ever over-spend its budget authority. It will not happen again."