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UPDATE: Scott OKs last-minute bailout for courts

by Dara Kam | April 6th, 2011

UPDATE: Gov. Scott approved a $19,487,027 loan to tide the courts over until the end of May. The loan must repaid by the end of June.

Gov. Rick Scott signed off on a loan to state courts to fill a budget shortfall that would have resulted in two-week furloughs.

Scott waited until the last minute to approve the bailout. Palm Beach County’s chief judge Peter Blanc said Scott needed to approve the loan by Friday to prevent the furloughs. The budget deficit was caused by a drop in the number of foreclosure filings, fees from which make up the bulk of the court’s spending.

Scott and Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady reached an agreement this morning, according to a press release issued by the court’s spokesman Craig Waters, to keep the courts running through the end of May.

The courts needed $72.3 million in emergency funds to keep operating through the June 30 end of the budget year. Scott had previously agreed to shift $14 million from court-related funds to pay for day-to-day operating expenses, but that is only enough to keep the courts functioning only through April 30.

Details of the amount and conditions of the loan were not immediately available, but the courts will cover the remaining shortfall through a “supplemental appropriation” not included in Canady’s original request of Scott, according to the release.

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10 Responses to “UPDATE: Scott OKs last-minute bailout for courts”

  1. team Says:

    So if it effects Solalantic i.e drud test medicare or any medical program that could add to his “wife” company bottom line we make changes jump right in on that all though it is not need to be delt with right away but last min for courts system

  2. team Says:

    drug test all medicall programs solatlantic can prosper has this dude made any decisions that do not effect his company bottom line. no corporate tax for his 62 million dollar company, didnt bush do all he could for rich and big corporations and wewent into a economic tailspin. stock market crashed corporations needed bailout so whjy do we think private business will bail out economy. Maske money off U.S but make product over seas call centers over sea. against immigration except want guess workers to come work go home are they taking money woith them how this help economy. or will undercut waGES for citizens corporate greed

  3. eric Says:

    Who cares, let the courts shut down.

  4. Governor Chumbett Says:

    GOVERNOR SCOTT LICKS MY BUTTY HOLE.

    BLUE COLLAR SCUM OF THE WORLD CAN NO LONGER REST AS THE COURTS WILL NOW BE OPEN TO CONVICT THEM AND SEND BLUE COLLAR WORKERS TO PRISON FOR BEING FILTHY DIRTBALLS.

    GOD BLESS AMERIKA.

    JESUS IS LORD.

    PRAISE ALLAH.

    LICK MY BUTTOX.

  5. ghinhee Says:

    Every where you turn, bail outs, budget cuts, lay offs, furloughs, etc. All gov’t workers are NOW riding the gravy train. The police and firemen get paid too much and there is also their high pensions. Not a problem before, but a problem now. Get rid of the fat, the good ol boys will never go. Nepotism will linger on, so moan a little more while the ship keeps sinking.

  6. Lady Justice Says:

    Can we please all have a bail out. Payoff my house, car and credit cards and on top of that could you also give me a paycheck.

  7. Common sense Says:

    The glorious republican legislature in all its wisdom only lets the courts keep a fraction of the revenue that the Court system generates (via filing fees) so that the GOP can use that money to cover other budget shortfalls. If the Courts were allowed to keep their filing fees the Court system would be operating at a surplus. Shame on you GOP!

  8. Searcher Says:

    What wrong with a uterus? We have all spent time there.

  9. larry Says:

    JUST PUT IT ON A CREDIT CARD OR HAVE MAZZOLOTTI FIRE A KICK BACK

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