Because this is exactly how the Republican-Teaparty operates today: cut taxes by $2 Billion for your buddies and corporate benefactors, and make the poor, disabled, and middle-class pay for it. (Emphasis mine below.)
The 2012 spending plan reflects cuts of $4.6 billion over the fiscal 2011 budget, and Mr. Scott outlined more cuts for fiscal 2013. Ahead of Monday’s announcement, the Republican governor discussed slashing $5 billion from the budget, while cutting property and corporate income taxes by about $2 billion.
…Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.
Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.
[…] But the governor said the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ ongoing budget deficit — currently at $170 million — had reached a critical point and needed to be addressed immediately.
The cuts go into effect Friday and last at least through the fiscal year, which ends June 30. Lawmakers are currently debating what will happen after that.
Providers had not been informed of the cuts.
For Gov. Scott, $170 MILLION is way too much to throw at care for the disabled (they probably didn’t even donate to his campaign). Especially when you’re trying to cut property / corporate taxes by $2 BILLION. Don’t you wonder what services wouldn’t have to be slashed if Gov. Scott didn’t give the wealthy and corporations $2B in tax cuts?
This is an excellent example of the extremists who call themselves Republicans today.