WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott’s call for a status quo or “continuation” state budget faces growing resistance from leaders of the Florida Legislature, who say they can still resolve an impasse and produce a budget by July 1.
Taking direct aim at President Barack Obama, Scott took his case to Washington on Tuesday where he met with Republican members of Congress, a day after a TV interview in which he sounded resigned to adopting a “continuation budget,” an idea met with opposition and bewilderment back home.
“What I believe is going to happen is this,” Scott said on Fox News’On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. “We’ll just have a continuation budget, which will mean we’ll have about an $8 billion surplus. … We’ll just do what we’ve done this last year. We won’t put more money into schools, which I wanted to do. We won’t cut taxes, which I wanted to do. We’ll just leave the money there, and deal with it in our next session, which starts in January.”