Austerity Budget Has Room For A Reservior
Senate President Joe Negron wants the state
to build a $2.4 billion reservoir in western Palm Beach County, despite House
Speaker Richard Corcoran’s call for budget cuts.
House and Senate budget battles are nothing
new, even when the speaker and president are both Republican. But there isn’t
much in Speaker Richard Corcoran’s history to suggest there’s room for
Earlier this year, Corcoran labeled Governor
Rick Scott’s $250 million business incentive package “corporate welfare” before
killing it outright. The year before, Corcoran and other ideologues led a
revolt against Medicaid expansion.
But Negron is undeterred.
“I’m very optimistic that within the
extraordinary budget that we have available to us, that we can find revenue to
meet the priorities of both the House and the Senate.”
Budget forecasters say lawmakers will have
less than 10 million new dollars to play with as they draft an $82 billion
spending plan. Corcoran wants to start cutting now to fill a major shortfall
predicted for next year.
But Negron is just as motivated. His
Treasure Coast district was ground zero for massive toxic algae blooms that
experts say the reservoir could prevent.