Florida Governor Rick Scott doesn't want to fund health care in Florida. He doesn't want to spend money fighting mosquito-borne illnesses. He doesn't want to add high-speed rail to boost employment in the Sunshine State.
What does he want to spend taxpayer money on if not the needs of the state?
Last week, Gov. Scott announced a $5 million-per-year fund to work on keeping professional baseball teams playing practice games in cities across Florida. The fund would be a 50/50 split between state and local funds.
Spring training brings an estimated $750 million into the state's economy. The fund would help cities ensure teams continue choosing Florida over rival Arizona. Fifteen teams currently call Florida their home for spring training.
After years of harsh budget cuts, leading to reductions in social programs and cuts to education and transportation, some are frustrated with Gov. Scott giving money to wealthy professional sports teams instead of focusing on major state issues, including unemployment and health care.
Of course, Rick Scott is a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers, like another famous Republican politician.
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