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Leaving aside the horrific timing, let's keep this gem in mind the next time some Republican babbles incessantly about fiscal austerity and budget tightening:

Shortly before the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf, the Florida House spent $200,000 for a study of oil drilling off Florida's coast which said any spills would be rare, small and easily contained.

The report by the Willis Group cost $200,000 because it was a “rush job,” according to Jill Chamberlin, spokeswoman for Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul.

So, by my math, the state of Florida could have saved the jobs of 3-4 teachers (or other critical personnel on the state payroll), but instead put those resources into hastening the creation of a report which happened to fall right into line with the political proclivities of Florida's current and incoming Speakers of the House. A report which, conveniently, will give them some ammunition in dealing with the Governor of Florida, who is a recent convert on the subject (among others).

Well, it's good to know that the Florida GOPers running their legislature have their fiscal priorities straight.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 10:00 AM PDT.

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