Tampa Bay rape crisis center responds to Governor Scott's funding veto06/01/12 Lisa Marzilli
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On todayâ€™s Last Call we were joined in the studio by two people whose organization was directly affected by a budget veto wielded by Governor Rick Scott.
Shortly before signing off on the $70 billion budget for the coming year the Governor vetoed $143 million in spending. Encompassed within that $143 million was $1.5 million approved by state legislators to fund 30 rape crisis centers. According to Jennifer Dritt executive director of the Council Against Sexual Violence, the funding would have helped the centers â€œdouble both the number of services they offer and the number of victims they serve.â€
To add insult to injury Scottâ€™s veto of rape crisis center funding came during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
We were joined in the studio by Marilyn Bray, Outreach & Empowerment Coordinator at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and Kim Payne, Marketing & Public Relations Manager for the Crisis Center.