Florida Gov. Rick Scott fired off a sharply worded letter to President Barack Obama that puts the pressure on the White House to prevent the sequester, or massive budget cuts, scheduled to go into effect Friday.
“If your administration fails to do its job to responsibly manage the budget, thousands of Floridians will lose their jobs," Scott wrote (and yes, the italicized emphasis is his own).
The governor goes on to express concerns about the effects sequestration could have on Florida's military installations and the greater defense industry across the state. He encourages Obama to replace these cuts with reductions in other areas of government, but doesn't say where.
Obama is scheduled to meet with top congressional leaders on Friday to discuss the spending cuts. So far, efforts to reach a compromise to avoid the sequester have not been fruitful. Tuesday, Scott issued a statement blaming both sides for failing to reach a deal.
“Sequestration means the Obama Administration and Congress failed to do their job to manage the budget," Scott said, in part. "As thousands of Floridians lose their jobs, the Obama Administration and Congress are getting paid for not doing theirs. That’s just wrong."