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Rick Scott: If lawmakers fill deficit, I'll tear up APD rate cuts



Gov. Rick Scott said he'll cancel his emergency order deeply cutting rates at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities if the Legislature comes up with the cash to fill a projected $174 million deficit. Scott's office points out that state law prohibits agencies from running deficits so he had little choice but to cut rates.

Had Scott done nothing, APD was scheduled to go broke in mid-May. Now, that target is pushed farther out.

The House proposed budget for fiscal year 12 has offered to plug the deficit in the current year. The Senate didn't. But Senate President Mike Haridopolos suggested last week that he'd pick up the House language.

Your move, Mr. President.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:36pm]


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