The political dysfunction in Tallahassee, already epic, continues to devolve.
The House and Senate remain at loggerheads over court-ordered congressional redistricting after failing to agree on a map during the two-week special session that ended last week. Baring a miracle, that dumps the political boundary decisions onto the courts.
That stumbling, fumbling, bumbling mess followed another special session after the two chambers could not find common ground on a state budget during the regular session.
With another special session on tap to reconfigure state Senate districts ruled illegal, expectations could not be lower. One wonders if the two chambers could even agree on which way is up.
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Then this comes along, but some background first. Gov. Rick Scott did a slash and burn on legislative priorities in the budget, some vetoes very deserving, others not so much. That ticked off certain legislators.
Scott's recent tantrum over the Legislature's cut of his slush fund for business recruitment seems more than comical given the governor's whacking of lawmaker projects. He lost his political capital with his budget axe, now he expects allegiance to his agenda? What he got was a reverse quid pro quo.
Besides, Scott hasn't spent what's already in his nest egg. Senate spreadsheets show Enterprise Florida, the public-private organization in charge of economic development efforts, is still flush with money. Most of the tax dollars allocated since Scott took office in 2011 remain unspent.
And the governor wants another $85 million? The Legislature tossed him a $43 million bone along with $10 million for marketing the state as a top place for expanding or relocating companies.
Scott's harsh words over the funding cut angered lawmakers.
And all these leading politicians are Republicans. Will the infighting never cease?
All this wreckage and ruin bodes poorly for the 2016 legislative session and then the election.
Today, state government is following the "weird Florida" moniker used to describe the strange tales that keep cropping up from all corners of the state, providing material to comics across the country. We can add Tallahassee to that list -- unfortunately for us.