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Spending Reserves? House Speaker Says No Chance

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
Florida House Media

After Hurricane Irma turned more than 6 million Floridians into evacuees, Senate budget drafters are eyeing state reserves as a way to get communities back on their feet quickly. 

But House Speaker Richard Corcoran says that’s not an option.

“Our position would be very clearly stated that where we are at reserves is a minimum number,” he says, “and certainly not something we would tap into.”

Senate Budget chief Jack Latvala questions the point of a rainy day fund if Hurricane Irma doesn’t qualify as a rainy day. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott is already dipping into the state’s reserves under his emergency powers.  

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.