State News
10:24 am
Fri March 29, 2013

President Obama To Visit PortMiami, But Gov Scott Says "He's Late To The Party"

President Barack Obama is slated to visit the Port of Miami this afternoon, but Governor Rick Scott says the President is a “late to the party” when it comes to Florida port investment. In a conference call Thursday, Scott said he wants the federal government to reimburse the state for the money taxpayers have invested in Florida ports.

"When President Obama comes to the Port of Miami, we'd like him to commit the federal government's reimbursement of 75 million Florida taxpayer dollars that we have spent on the federal government's share of the dredging project," said Scott.

Scott’s referring to how he committed $77 million in state funds to a dredging project for Miami's port in 2011. And, officials gave millions more to a Jacksonville port. Congress, meanwhile, has not yet acted on legislation that includes port money. President Obama is scheduled to first take a tour and then make his remarks at 2 p.m. Friday at PortMiami’s Terminal J.

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