Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday defended his decision to do what other states have done in adding his name to the welcome signs along roads at the state? borders, reports the News Service of Florida. Democrats have criticized the signs for their cost of $251 each, a total of $8,800 diverted from the state? road building fund. That $8,800 is far less than the salary Scott would be paid if he were taking one, but that didn? prevent Democrats from pointing out it is still money that could go elsewhere. ?ick Scott will stop at no end to waste tax payer dollars to promote his ego?said Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff, who condemned Scott for promoting a budget in the mean time that could mean cuts to education and force local governments to make layoffs. Asked about it Tuesday, Scott, who said he? only seen a picture of the signs in the newspaper, defended it as part of his effort to make Florida more attractive. ?y job is to promote the state,?Scott said. ?t? part of promoting the state.?]>
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