"The Florida Transportation Builders’ Association urges the legislature to right their wrong. By deliberately making the STTF raid veto-proof, they have tied Gov. Scott’s hands and are responsible for the potential elimination of thousands of Florida jobs. If they cannot hold a special session, they should reverse this sweep through the Joint Legislative Budget Commission and ensure the $150 million is put back into the trust fund. With more than a $300-million negative impact on the Florida Dept. of Transportation’s work program and thousands of jobs at risk, the legislature should redistribute the state’s resources as a result of today’s other vetoes, and the pre-existing budget surplus, and put it back into transportation.
"Investing in Florida’s transportation infrastructure not only helps reduce the state’s worsening congestion problems, but it also aids in the state’s reemergence from our recent economic lows. Stripping funds from an industry which offers immediate economic stimulus is not the answer. In fact, for every $1 spent on road construction, $7 is returned to the economy.
"The Florida Transportation Commission reminds us the revenues found in the State Transportation Trust Fund are collected from transportation-related user fees to help develop, maintain and improve Florida’s transportation system. Using these fees other than for what they were collected to fund is bad public policy. We are disheartened that this is the route the legislature decided to take and look forward to the steps the governor offers to remedy it.”