Scott gets an extra weekend to work on budgetby Dara Kam | January 25th, 2011
Gov. Rick “Let’s Get to Work” Scott won’t roll out his first budget on time.
Scott asked lawmakers for a one-day delay to hand over his budget proposal, due Friday, Feb. 4. House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, signed off on Scott’s request, meaning the governor has the weekend to finish before presenting it to the legislature on Monday, Feb. 7.
Lawmakers are anxiously awaiting Scott’s budget plan as they wrestle with an anticipated $3.62 billion budget hole, not including any money they might sock away for emergencies.
GOP leaders in the House and Senate have been skeptical of Scott’s promise that he can cut spending enough to close the spending gap and even move forward with his plans to reduce property taxes and lower corporate income taxes.
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