Gov. Scott Angry Over Air Traffic Control Furloughs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott angrily criticized the federal government as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.
Scott on Monday called a news conference in the main terminal of the Tampa International Airport.
He said he's worried that the furloughs and potential for flight delays will hurt the state's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism.
Scott urged Floridians to contact President Obama to express their displeasure.
The furloughs are part of mandatory budget cuts that kicked in on March 1 after Democrats and Republicans missed a deadline to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan.
FAA officials have said they have no choice but to furlough all 47,000 agency employees, including nearly 15,000 air traffic controllers.
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