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Charlie Crist to veto ‘inexcusable’ raid on road-building funds

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Crist tells The Buzz he will veto a legislative maneuver to raid $160-million from the state road-building fund. Lawmakers tried to shield the raid from a veto by steering the money into public schools — believing Crist wouldn’t dare cut education spending. He says his staff found a way to “bifurcate” and “decouple” the two, meaning he’ll veto the raid on gas tax money, which could invite a legal challenge from lawmakers.

“The obvious shenanigans that were put in place there is, I think, clearly inexcusable,” Crist said. You want to have one policy one way, and another in a different direction, and you ought to separate them. So we will separate them.” Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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