Senate prez wants everyone to act like grown-ups about state planesby Dara Kam | February 23rd, 2011
Senate President Mike Haridopolos said he’s confident Scott will comply with Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander‘s request of Gov. Rick Scott for info regarding the sale of the two state planes. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, contends Scott may have broken state law with the way the planes were sold.
Haridopolos suggested Scott may have made a mistake because he’s so new on the job.
“He’s only been working a month…I’m sure the governor will get back to me…That’s how adults handle problems,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, told reporters at a weekly roundtable this afternoon. “We all make mistakes…No one thinks the governor tried to pull a fast one.”
Scott spokesman Brian Hughes gave no indication Scott would give Alexander or Haridopolos anything more but insisted the governor acted within his purview.
“He promised the people of Florida he would sell the planes. The sale has returned money to the state and removed the burden facing taxpayers to operate and maintain the aircraft. Governor Scott is certain that he complied with the law,” Hughes said in an e-mail.