How generous?!? Scott: Emergency funding could end cuts to Agency for Persons with Disabilities

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Gov. Rick Scott is open to withdrawing his executive order slashing the provider rates for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities by 15 percent if the Legislature provides extra money for the department, he said Tuesday reported the News Service of Florida. Scott, who issued the executive order March 31, first broached the possiblity during a session with APD employees. “It’s real frustrating to come into office and within the first three months have to do an emergency order to figure out how we get a handle so we don’t run out of money before the end of this fiscal year,” Scott said. “So hopefully we’ll see if the Legisulature will give us some emergency funding, but we have to live within our means.” Scott issued the order after a review by his chief inspector general found the agency had a deficit of $174.3 million. “The Legislature will either provide us the funding or we?l continue with this executive order,” he told reporters after the meeting. “If they provide us this funding, then we?l withdraw the executive order and be able to go back in the rates we?e paying providers.”

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