This didn't quite fit in any of our stories about the National Governors Association's winter meeting, but I thought it was worth mentioning. It's Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) responding to a question about what Florida's top concern with the federal government was. Obviously the governor, the brother of President George W. Bush, has an advantage with the feds that no other governor enjoys. But here's his response:
I come to these meetings just to hang out with the governors, to be honest with you. I think the idea of just coming with the (idea of) ‘Give me a blank check’ – which is historically what I hear when I come to these meetings – maybe it’s because I’m in my eighth year, I think that’s the wrong way to go. ‘Give me the power to reform, give me the power to change how I do things, take away the encumbrances that might exist’ is a better approach.
I’ll give you an example. While I’m here I’m going to meet with the
secretary of the Air Force to say, ‘We’ve invested billions of dollars in Cape
Kennedy, the space center, why can’t we have commercial launches there? Why
can’t we find accommodations so that NASA and the Air Force can allow for a
third leg of a very important asset in our state and our country to exist?’
That’s what I come up to Washington for, is to try to deal with those issues.
And the NGA sometimes plays a really important role if it’s an issue that goes
across all states, and sometimes it’s really not that relevant in things that
are unique to Florida.