Rick Scott accepts stimulus from Obama

Rick Scott vetoed a record amount of spending
in the budget last week, but decided to keep $370 million
in Federal stimulus cash in the budget.

Florida Governor, Rick Scott campaigned against President Barack Obama's stimulus program; yet he kept nearly $370 million of the federal cash in the Florida budget he signed in May of 2011.

Rick Scott accepted the stimulus money in a year when he touted record budget vetoes of up to $615 million. He acknowledged the vetoes of "wasteful" spending at a May 26, 2011 event that featured a campaign-style "Promises made, Promises Kept" banner.

But when Scott ran for office last summer, he said he would fight all stimulus money. Well that was a promise unkept.

The stimulus money that the Republican State legislators and Scott aproved touched many areas, but not education.

During the campaign, Scott bashed stimulus money while holding a financial interest in a telecommunications company that received a stimulus grant.

Frederick Bryant
June 15, 2011
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