Florida Transportation Builders launch online petition urging Gov. Scott to veto trust fund sweep

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From the Florida Transportation Builders:

During the 2011 legislative session, the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate approved a $150 million raid of the State Transportation Trust Fund (STTF). By taking this money out of the trust fund, it creates a potential $250-million reduction in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) construction work program and will result in the potential elimination of 7,000 Florida jobs.

FTBA calls on all Floridians to encourage Governor Rick Scott to VETO the transportation trust fund sweep and keep the STTF whole. Transportation keeps Florida working, reduces congestion on our roadways and builds much needed infrastructure. Sign the petition today and ask Gov. Scott to VETO all cuts to the State Transportation Trust Fund.

The online petition can be signed here.

Here is the statement from the FTBA’s Bob Burleson calling for a veto:

?he long-term impacts of thetransportationtrust fund sweeps approved by the Florida House and Senate this year will be felt with statewide job losses and increased congestion on our roadways. In all, the $150-million sweep of trust fund dollars to general revenue creates a potential $250-million reduction in the Department ofTransportation? (FDOT) construction work program from now through June 2012, resulting in the elimination of 7,000 Florida jobs. This is unacceptable and goes against everything this newly elected legislature has claimed they stand for.

The FloridaTransportationBuilders?Association (FTBA) could not be more disappointed with the tone and actions of Florida? lawmakers. We heard throughout the process that both the Senate and House understood the damages that will be felt by raiding thetransportationtrust fund, yet they still trudged forward allowing for the next generation of Floridians to deal with the outcomes of their actions.

When it comes to balancing the budgets, there are hard choices to make and then there are bad choices. The Legislature made many hard choices but this is a bad choice. This budget has a surplus and no doubt, a few pet projects so it is frustrating to hear lawmakers profess raiding the trust fund was an action of last resort. That is simply not the case. DOT? budget encompasses and provides for more than roads and bridges ?ports, public transit, rail, freight and even aerospace are all funded through the department? budget and the statetransportationtrust fund. While lawmakers are calling for improvements intransportationinfrastructure, they are at the same time tying DOT? hands with this project and job-killing legislation.

Next year, federaltransportationfunding will also be cut by 20 to 40 percent. Coupled with a detrimentaltransportationtrust fund raid, you can guarantee Florida? already strugglingtransportationbuilding industry will be forced to let go even more hard-working Floridians. Governor Rick Scott campaigned on a job creation platform and we are confident he will consider a veto of this anti-jobs legislation. Due to the actions of legislators, we call on Governor Scott to make the right choice and keeptransportationworking for Florida by vetoing anytransportationtrust fund raids.?/span>

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.