Road-builders blast trust fund sweeps

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The president of the state’s road-builders’ organization upbraided lawmakers Friday for considering a $150 million sweep of the transportation trust fund in a budget that is expected to pass the House and Senate late on the last evening of the session, and called for Gov. Rick Scott to veto the move, reports the News Service of Florida. “The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association could not be more disappointed with the tone and actions of Florida’s lawmakers,” President Bob Burleson said in a statement issued Friday morning. “We heard throughout the process that both the Senate and House understood the damages that will be felt by raiding the transportation trust fund, yet they still trudged forward allowing for the next generation of Floridians to deal with the outcomes of their actions.” Burleson said the sweep will reduce the state’s transportation work fund by as much as $250 million and cost 7,000 jobs. “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,” Burleson said. “That is simply not the case.”

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