- Faith & Family
Governor Scott is sticking to his platform and has refused millions of dollars from the federal government. From the very beginning of his term, Scott refused to approve a $2.3 billion high speed rail that was 90 percent funded by the federal government. His decisions continue to cripple and devastate Floridians and residents remain quiet. Scott has a conservative agenda and his administration has refused to go after $106 million in federal grant money and returned millions of allocated federal money to the state of Florida. He has also ordered state agencies to reject any money tied to President Obama’s health care plan. There is federal money available to help Floridians but our governor is too stubborn to accept needed funding to help balance the budget.
Instead of balancing the budget and providing poor and sick Floridians with financial support and services, our governor is slashing money for hospitals. Scott is also laying off state workers and forcing public employees to pay 3 percent of their salaries to cover part of their pension costs. I was always under the impression that the elected governor of a state was in that position to help and support the residents.
From Scott’s point of view, he believes he has done a great job this year. Just recently, Florida has lost its bid to win $100 million to boost the care and education of young children. This program would have helped children in childcare prepare for formal schooling by offering better pre-school programs.
There were many childcare supporters in Florida that were excited about the federal funding program and say it would have greatly benefited programs for high-risk children.
There were many childcare supporters in Florida that were excited about the federal funding program and say it would have greatly benefited programs for high-risk children. “With Florida’s dismal ranking on almost every indicator of child well-being, $100 million would have gone a long way to improve the quality of early childhood services,” said Mimi Graham, director of the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy at Florida State University.
In 2010 under Governor Crist, Florida won $700 million in the first Race to the Top competition — a program that funds public education reform measures. However, under Scott’s direction this year, he made it clear that the state would only accept money from the federal grant program if there were “no federal strings” attached to the funding.
Somewhere there is a disconnect with our governor and the federal government funding. When there is an opportunity to receive federal government funding, it would make sense for the governor and his administration to follow the procedures to qualify for the money. Instead, it appears that the governor wants to dictate the terms of the funding and tell the government how they will spend the money.
Our governor is forgetting that there is a hierarchy in the government bureaucracy and that the federal government is more powerful than the states. Scott also tends to forget that the voters put him into office and that he works for the people.