Rep. Trumbull Weighs In On Triumph,Visit Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The countdown begins on Governor Rick Scott's decision to veto or sign this year's budget after this legislation session ended.

Included in the state budget is the Triumph Gulf Coast bill.

For the first time in months, Panama City Rep. Jay Trumbull speaks out on it.

"We actually have this $300 million in the bank right now, and it has to be appropriated; but that's what this process was to get this bill in place to have the governor sign," said Trumbull.

On Thursday the Triumph bill was placed on Gov. Scott's desk, and with a stroke of a pen that money would start flowing to the Panhandle.

It's a much needed bill following the BP oil spill seven years ago.

Trumbull said if there is a veto, it'd be unexpected.

"I would be very, very surprised if he vetoed $300 million dollars to our backyard," said Trumbull.

Trumbull who served as Chairman of the Triumph Gulf Coast Select Committee said there were some new additions to the bill.

"We added a few other things like workforce development. We added the ability for Triumph Gulf Coast to allow grants to hire education programs so that Florida State, Gulf Coast, Haney Technical...those programs would be able to apply for grants," said Trumbull.

One of the other bills on the table was the cut in the Base Student Allocation (BSA) under the education spending plan.

"The problem was Bay County had already entered into an agreement on a couple of schools, and they were going to receive less funding," said Trumbull.

Trumbull supported the bill because he says a new school underway at Breakfast Point would be fully funded.

Trumbull also supported the bill to cut Visit Florida; adding that Triumph would take care of marketing tourism in Northwest Florida.

"I think it's important for to understand, that with this $300-million dollar payment, that we would broaden the amount of grants so that they could utilize specifically for tourism, to allow our tourism to increase," said Trumbull.

Should Governor Rick Scott sign the bill for Triumph, it will go into effect July 1st. 

Scott has less than 15 days to make a decision.


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