White warns of ‘balkanization of Triumph funds’ [podcast]

On “Pensacola Speaks” yesterday, State Rep. Frank White said that he doesn’t support Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s request that the Triumph funds be allocated to counties and cities in Northwest Florida.

“I’d rather have Triumph look at all the projects that are submitted, whether they’re by a city, or by a county, or by a nonprofit, whoever,” said White. “And look at the criteria we’ve laid out, and make the best decision regionally.”

He doesn’t believe chopping up the $300 million between cities and counties is best for the Panhandle.

“It’s kind of a balkanization of Triumph funds, where we’re all going to end up with fantastic boat ramps, and a water project here and there, but what do we really have to show for it in 10 or 20 years? Do we really have a diversified economy, more diversified economy, that’s prepared for the next environmental disaster? I don’t think so.”

He added, “I think Triumph needs the discretion to focus on regional projects that could actually make a difference in our lives.”

White also discussed his resolution regarding Medicaid block grants and his bill regarding more accountability of the Florida Supreme Court.