LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gov. Scott to White House: stop FAA's furlough

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM.

Once again, this is another example of the federal government using a meat cleaver when they should be using a scalpel to reduce government spending.

These impacts come while Florida’s economy is on the rebound:

•More than 320,000 private sector jobs were created over the past two years, and Florida’s unemployment rate is currently below the national average at 7.5 percent

•VISIT FLORIDA anticipates 2012 was a record year for tourism spending, with $71.8 billion spent by visitors — a 6.8 percent increase since 2011

•VISIT FLORIDA anticipates 2012 was a record year for tourism, with 89.3 visitors traveling to Florida in 2012 — an increase of 2.3 percent over 2011.

The decisions by the FAA are a hindrance to our continued economic growth and job creation. We continue to ask you to address the impacts of sequestration on Florida families, and work with Congress to make common-sense budget decisions, as we do at the state level to protect critical resources while ensuring we live within our means.

I urge you to quickly take the steps necessary to avoid these furloughs and impacts on critical services. Florida families have done their job; it’s time our federal leaders do theirs.

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