Debt Ceiling: Florida Gov. Rick Scott say state agencies OK in the short term

12:52 PM, Jul 28, 2011   |    comments
Florida Gov. Rick Scott
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott says he isn't worried about the effect a default by the federal government might have on Florida. At least not yet.

Most state agencies under the governor's office reported Tuesday that they would be OK in the short run if Congress fails to come up with a solution on the nation's debt ceiling, but it wouldn't take long before they begin to run out of money.

The Florida National Guard, for instance, would eliminate monthly drills immediately if the Defense Department is affected. Florida's courts system would be unable to make payroll if the shutdown lasts past Aug. 22.

Congress must act by next Tuesday or the feds may be unable to pay all its bills and go into default for the first time in history.

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