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Gov. Rick Scott vetoes money for regional planning councils -- again

Although Gov. Rick Scott didn't veto a lot of spending in this year's $77 billion state budget on Monday, he did reject $2.5 million for the state's regional planning councils.

That he did so should not be a surprise. Scott vetoed funding for the regional planning councils in 2011, 2012 and 2013, too.

Because of Scott's repeated vetoes, the councils have been forced to lay off employees or freeze pay because their other source of funding, local governments, could not fill the gap.

At the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the vetoes have also required picking which of the state-mandated duties to follow and which ones to let slide, said executive director Manny Pumariega, who had been hoping to get about $200,000 of the $2.5 million.

"Some of them you're just not going to be able to fulfill," he said.

There may be broader consequences as well.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:28am]


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