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Gov. Scott: Furloughs could impact disaster efforts

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When it comes to hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott has been making the rounds reminding Floridians to stay alert.

"Get ready. Hopefully we won't have a hurricane but be prepared so nothing will happen to you," said Governor Scott.

He has also, at just about every turn, reminded them about a decision made in Washington that has him just a bit miffed.

"Right during hurricane season we're going to have some of our National Guardsman who are going to be furloughed during the summer," said Governor Scott.

"It's very disappointing what the federal government is doing with regard to our National Guard, it will make us less ready for a hurricane," he said.

About 1,000 Florida National Guardsmen and woman will face furloughs from July to September thanks to the sequester -- the mandatory across-the-board budget cuts enacted by the federal government earlier this year.

But are the governor's gripes legitimate or is it political theater?

It looks like it may be a little bit of both.

"We are concerned that the impacts from the furloughs will slow down some of the maintenance of our equipment, it will take us a little bit extra time to get ready for disasters," said Florida National Guard Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa.

"There's political components to all of this. Keep in mind the Governor focused his criticism on the White House, but Congress and the White House and both parties share some responsibility for the sequester," said Fox 13 Political Editor Craig Patrick.

And while the furloughs don't go into effect for another month, Scott seems intent on making the federal government aware of how they could hurt the Sunshine State.

"I'm going to continue to tell them we need to make sure our national guard is ready," said Governor Scott.

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