Rick Scott's Veto Will Leave Poor Seniors in Miami Without Hot Meals

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Yesterday, we ran through many of the local programs that will lose funding thanks to Gov. Rick Scott's record breaking $615 million in vetoes to the state budget. About $40 million of those were cuts to local programs, and one of the most controversial was vetoing $430,298 meant for the hot meals program at the Allapattah Community Center. The service provides food to poor seniors in the Allapattah and Little Havana areas, and was depending on the money to continue services. Local leaders haven't held back their criticism of Scott for eliminating its funding.

"Eliminating funding for these programs is literally taking food from the mouths of our senior citizens," Mayor Tomas Regalado told The Miami Herald.

"This doesn't just take away food from the elderly, but it hurts a lot of businesses that provide to these programs," Commissioner Wifredo "Willy" Gort said this morning on Spanish radio according to Naked Politics. "We have to work 24 hours a day to see how we can substitute that missing money...A lot of these people only have one meal a day, which they receive at the senior center."

The money for the center was put in the Senate version of the budget by Republican Senator Joe Negron of Stuart at the urging of the area's Republican Senator Republican Miguel Diaz de la Portilla. Diaz de la Portilla says he was not notified by Scott that the funding would be vetoed.

The program has lost other sources of funding as the economy tanked, while the number of seniors seeking meals increased.

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Sapient Hetero
Sapient Hetero

Guess what... it's not the State of Florida's responsibility to provide hot meals to poor seniors in Miami.  Their FAMILIES should be doing this, and failing that, charities should.  This article presumes that government should do anything that sounds good to the author regardless of what the law or state constitution say on the subject. We can't afford to spend money on every liberal pipe dream.  People need to start adjusting to the idea that they must provide for themselves, as government can't manage to do the things it's SUPPOSED to do much the things spendthrift liberals think it should.  The most important reform we could wish for is the continuation of Rick Scott's budget cutting... if enough government waste and 'feel good' programs we can't afford are cut, maybe people will be ABLE to take care of themselves again.  I'd be much better of without various government hands in my pockets, and so would anyone who works and pays taxes.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Aren't these the same people that voted for Scott? Next time they'll learn. Oh, wait, no they won't.

No more handouts
No more handouts

Please.Scott was right. There should be no more handouts for broke Cubans. Put them on rafts back to Havana.

Ask the Marlins!
Ask the Marlins!

Attapattah and Little Havana? Why don't Commissioner Gort and Mayor Regalado go to the owner of the Marlins Jeffrey Loria and ask him for $430,000? The City gave Loria the 40 acres of the Orange Bowl. The County gave the Marlins over $3 BILLION including debt service.

Ask the Marlins for the money!

Money for Cubans
Money for Cubans

Why do Miami taxpayers have to struggle to pay for Cubans? Aren't there enough problems in Miami?

Corrupt CFO
Corrupt CFO

Someone should tell Miami Commissioner Gort the City needs to fire it's naive CFO Larry Spring. The guy loses the City $20 mil to $50 mil per year.

Slammer58
Slammer58

Rick is a chump......but we dont need to feed Castro's retiree's let there kids feed em or send em back

Fire corrupt employees
Fire corrupt employees

Regalado just needs to fire all the City employees who have been arrested and he will have plenty of money to pay the old Cubans who vote for him.

Fire THAT MORON
Fire THAT MORON

Mayor Regalado can make up the $430,000 by firing THAT MORON City of Miami CFO Larry Spring. That will save far more than $430,000.

Fire Larry Spring and there will be plenty of money for meals for Cuban seniors who never saved any money.

$430,000 = 1 Fire Chief
$430,000 = 1 Fire Chief

$430,000 is what the City of Miami pays it's Fire Chief Mo Kemp.

The City pays no-show fire employee Veldora Arthur $240,000 per year.

The City paid $80,000 to Meredith Nation for a no-show job.

Regalado - Just fire 3-4 slackers.

Englishfleck
Englishfleck

Guest 4 hours ago somehow i don't think the cubans who voted for him give a fuck ----------------------As a Cuban American living in Miami-dade the home of fascist Miami Cubans I agree completely with you

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

So why again did these idiots vote for Scott? This is just terrible.

Rmunch
Rmunch

Nice job Lord Voldemort.

Guest
Guest

 somehow i don't think the cubans who voted for him give a fuck

randrand run
randrand run

O.K GUY-I"LL AGREE TO YOUR POINT-WHEN YOU GET OFF YOUR PONTIFICATING POMPOUS RIGHT-WING ( LET THEM EAT CAKE...) ASS AND PUT SOME EFFORT INTO VOLUNTEERING FOR F-R-E-E TO GO AND FEED THE NEEDY AND HOMELESS. IMPRESS ME WITH YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Sapient Hetero
Sapient Hetero

Those of us who PAY TAXES approve of Rick Scott's budget cutting. Our only complaint is that he didn't cut enough... YET.  We need to dump 100% of Democrat/Socialist programs.

big pony polo
big pony polo

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Sapient Hetero
Sapient Hetero

Slacker, in addition to probably paying more in taxes each year than you've ever earned in a year, I used to donate thousands each year to charity.  I also volunteer my time, most recently doing landscape work for a local non-profit.  Note that I say I USED to donate thousands to charity; since Barack "redistribute the wealth" Obama took office, I've redirected those funds where they can do the most good for the poor... to defeating his sorry socialist butt in 2012 so the economy can recover.

What have YOU done for anyone else lately?

randrand run
randrand run

I don't pay a-n-y taxes, because I am unemployed! (LET'S GET TO WORK-STARTING WITH ME KICKING RICK SCOTT OUT ON HIS BALD ASS!) AND, BY THE WAY ,SAPIENT HETERO IS AN ASSHOLE-I SEE LUNCH MOVING DOWN HIS SYSTEM FOR IT'S FINAL DROP-OFF!

Nada
Nada

I pay plenty of taxes and think you're an idiot.

Sapient Hetero
Sapient Hetero

Maybe if you didn't get drunk and smoke crack every night, actually showed up for work, showed respect for your boss, had any type of work ethic and thought of a job as a means of producing something of value in exchange for a working wage rather than an opportunity to socialize and sexually harass female employees, you wouldn't be unemployed.  Elections aren't the only things that have consequences, slacker.

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