With the state House and Senate having passed their respective budgets and heading to conference to reconcile their differences, there hasn’t been one mention of Gov. Scott’s extra-constitutional idea to write a two-year state budget.
That’s because the idea of biennial budgets was nothing more than campaign rhetoric and has no relevance to the political realities of Tallahassee. Of course, writing a second-year budget did earn Scott a nice write-up from PolitiFact:
Scott’s proposed two-year budget is just that — a proposal. The Legislature ultimately is the one that passes the budget, and neither House Speaker Dean Cannon or Senate President Mike Haridopolos has said whether passing a two-year budget is a priority.
Scott, after unveiling his proposal, told reporters that passing a two-year budget is “the right thing to do.” But he didn’t say he’d veto a budget if it was for only one year, calling the question hypothetical.
Still, for the purpose of his promise, Scott said he would propose biennial budgets. And he has done just that. We also feel comfortable that rolling out his spending plan across Florida — including his budget announcement in tiny Eustis — is at the least an attempt to give the public input. And proposing a two-year plan allows the public more time to review spending plans for both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
We’ll be watching to see if he continues to propose two-year budgets moving forward, but for now, Scott has delivered on what he said during the campaign. We rate this Promise Kept.