Your tax dollars up for debate as state lawmakers fail to pass a budget on time

Gov. Scott making last minute sales pitch
Posted at 10:10 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 06:26:50-04

Governor Rick Scott rolled into Tampa on a whirlwind tour.

"I'm traveling a lot of cities, I'm doing 10 cities in 3 days," he told the crowd.

It's all part of his "final push" to save his economic incentive programs: Enterprise and Visit  Florida.

Those State agencies are both on the chopping block in the state budget, under scrutiny for how they hand-out tax payer money to companies that promote tourism and promise jobs.

"This year the legislature is not going to fully fund visit Florida...the number of tourists that come to the state will drop immediately, every time that happens, a cook , a chef, an architect...someone will lose their job," warns the Governor.

As lawmakers struggle to hammer out a budget, today the governor said he would consider his own nuclear option.

"I'll go through the budget, I'll look at my options, I could veto the whole budge , I can veto a line in the budget, but remember I can not put money into the budget," the Governor said.

Opponents of Enterprise point to the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium as an example of why taxpayer dollars are not needed to fund private projects.

"I think the Rowdies organization are a great example with the leadership of their ownership team, they're going to pay for their own facility, they're going to pay for business because that's what people go into business for...they don't need that hand out from government," says Andres Malave with Americans for Prosperity, a group opposed to using public dollars to fund private ventures.

And there is late word that Tallahassee leaders have reached a budget deal and will vote Monday.

But the Governor is calling out the legislature, saying the wheeling and dealing is being done in the dark, behind closed doors.