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J.D. Alexander calls out Gov. Scott for sale of state planes at Senate budget meeting



Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander started off the Senate budget committee Wednesday by calling out Gov. Rick Scott for the sale of the state planes. Alexander said he supported the idea of the sale, but not the way the governor did it, calling it "not proper."

Alexander believes the Feb. 11 transaction was unlawful because the governor failed to get the Legislature to sign off on the $3.67 million deal and kept some of the money from reaching the state treasury. He sent a letter to the Governor on Tuesday, asking him to provide information to back-up his assertions that the deal was legal.

"The executive branch doesn' t have the unilateral authority to direct those funds some place other than the treasury," Alexander said at the hearing this morning. "There's a proper way to do things."

He said he had offered to work a budget amendment to allow the sale of the planes "as envisioned by the executive branch.  Unfortunately, they determined they didn't need to do that. We are very strongly asserting that is required. So now you know the story." 


[Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:25am]


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