A governor’s tour and displays of rusty pipe helps yield $1M for Palm Beach Countyby John Kennedy | April 29th, 2014
Palm Beach County officials first brought Gov. Rick Scott on a tour of the Glades water treatment plant and later shipped pieces of corroded piping to Capitol offices where they sat as rusty reminders of the local wish list.
But it wasn’t until the closing moments of back-and-forth negotiations on the state’s proposed $75 billion budget that $1 million was added, advancing plans to replace the leaking water system serving Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee.
“With a group effort, we got it done,” said Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, whose district includes the economically-strapped Glades area.
Helped by the state’s biggest budget surplus since pre-recession days, Florida lawmakers are freely spending state taxpayer cash on dozens of hometown projects along with taking election-year steps to increase spending on environmental programs, public schools and universities, child-protection services and health care.
State lawmakers, though, also are rolling the dice – reviving plenty of spending vetoed last year by Gov. Rick Scott, which includes the Glades’ pipe work.