Why did Florida Governor RICK SCOTT veto $200,000 for West Augustine sewers, while signing a special interest earmark for Summer Haven dredging?
You tell me.
Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT's apparatchiks prepared a spreadsheet on vetoes, inter alia stating for West Augus￼￼tine sewer $200,000 matching grant appropriation:
"Basic utility service is the backbone for growth and economic development. West Augustine is a community working to redevelopment yet is still underserved and economically struggling. Without sewer services, this community has little hope of grown and sustainability without obtaining the basic necessities of community life such as marketing, commerce, jobs and affordable work force housing. The proposed project provides for expansion of sewer service along West King Street and Pearl Streets complimenting St. Johns County's recently developed West King Street Overlay District. The district will encourage mixed use development intended to encourage general business use commercial uses and encourage mixed use with business, commercial with townhouse and and multi-family development. The city is seeing (sic) financial assistance for design fees $400,000 state/$200,000 local match toward the total $600,000 for design and permits necessary for construction."
The legislature approved $200,000 in state funds with $100,000 in local matching funds. A veto was recommended by staff.
No policy reason is reflected in paperwork obtained from the Governor's Office for the line item veto of line item 1600A, Project 166, the West Augustine Sewer Expansion Project.
No environmental justice analysis.
No equal protection analysis.
No public relations analysis.
The Governor's office is not telling.
No sensitivity toward environmental justice or equal protection.
The recommendation for veto sprang from the office of yet another ethically-impared, unqualified white Republican Chief of Staff -- the Chief of Staff in quo at the time of the veto was Republican hit person MELISSA SELLERS, 33, who claims to "love Jesus Christ" and who encumbered the position from December 2014 until March 2016, and whose State of Florida employment application is blank in the entry for "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).
Blank -- not unlike the looks on the woeful countenances of SCOTT's addled apparatchiks who accompanied racist Governor RICK SCOTT to St. Augustine for his April 3, 2013 and September 1, 2015 Cabinet meetings, with public comment disallowed.
SCOTT, SELLERS, et al. all swore oaths to "support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" under Article VI of the United States Constitution.
This racist veto is under investigation by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice working with the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida pursuant to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.