Gov. Rick Scott blames President Barack Obama for furloughs, airline delays
At a news conference Monday at Tampa International Airport, Florida Gov. Rick Scott blamed President Barack Obama's administration and the FAA for furloughs for air traffic controllers, saying they could have cut $2.7 billion in non-personnel costs instead.
"It's absolutely the wrong thing to do," Scott said. He noted that Florida sees 142 million airline travelers a year and is the only state with four air-travel hubs. He predicted that delays would reduce visitors' interest in coming here, hurting business and having "a significant impact on our state."
Scott also said the forced cuts would hurt the 8 percent of the state's economy that is tied to the military and urged Floridians to call the White House and demand that Obama take a different approach to the budget.
"This idea that we should furlough all these air traffic controllers, and have an impact both on our safety and on jobs, just doesn't make any sense," he said.