Florida Senator Rick Scott, and State Representative Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) urge Congress to reject providing an additional round of stimulus funding that they say would go beyond helping state and local governments deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott was on the Senate floor Wednesday arguing that “we are bailing out liberal politicians who cannot live within their means.”
A letter from the American Legislative Exchange Council —- backed by nine Florida state House members and two state senators — was addressed to federal officials under the title, “State Leaders Say ‘No Thanks’ to Federal Bailout.”
“While economic conditions remain dire due to government-mandated business closures during the pandemic, federal lawmakers have already granted a general $150 billion COVID-19 relief fund, a $30 billion education costs fund, a $45 billion disaster relief fund and more for state and local governments,” the letter said. “We feel a federal bailout of state budgets would be counterproductive — rewarding states that have made poor financial decisions at the expense of those that have been fiscally responsible.”