Gov. Scott halts funding for school construction

January 16, 2012 04:30PM

Governor Rick Scott

A $2 billion state budget shortfall forced Governor Rick Scott to discontinue funding for construction projects at public schools, colleges and universities across Florida, the Associated Press reported, including stopping payments for some work that is only half complete.

A new forecast showed the state would have no new construction money ready for schools and colleges in the next two years. As a result, in addition to halting payments, Scott ordered state education officials to give him a list that details funds left over from older construction projects that can be shifted to cover $250 million worth of school construction work that’s been approved but not funded. Many school construction projects are planned over several phases and years.

The suspension does not apply to previously approved and financed projects, the AP said, and education officials insisted the halt suspension of funding was only temporar as it works to restructure its budget. [AP via NBC Miami]