There is an important research facility in Florida that studies exotic insects and invasive species. You’d think a state like Florida, which is swarming with invasive plants and animals, would consider this a useful and practical operation.
The UF/IFAS (Institute for Food and Agriculture) quarantine facility is a highly secure state of the art lab in Ft. Pierce.
Security is top priority because if any insects were to escape, their impact in our environment would be unclear.
Those of us in agricultural states think that matters. It’s valuable work.
Not Governor Rick Scott! He was handed a budget by the legislature that funded it, and also gave them an increase this year (a miracle!), and Scott used a line-item veto to kill the increase, and if that wasn’t enough, killed their entire budget. His rationale is chilling.
Gov. Scott’s line-item veto eliminated both the increase and the previously allocated funding. Scott’s reason for eliminating the money was thata clear state return on investment has not been demonstrated at this time.
Remember, this is an institute dedicated to applied research. I wonder what Republicans think of long-term basic research that has no immediate return on investment?