JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As massive budget cuts inch closer, Florida's governor is lashing out against Washington. He says no one on Capitol Hill is earning their paycheck. And it is the taxpayers who will suffer.
Friday, if Congress doesn't act, the across the board cuts become reality.
"I can't imagine why they're paying these individuals up there to make these decisions and nothings happening," Gov. Rick Scott told Action News.
Scott says Congress and the President's meat-cleaver approach, slashing budgets across the board, is an unacceptable way to run the country.
"They're not doing this the right way. They're not taking a measured approach and figure out how should they balance the budget, how they should watch how they spend money."
He says making difficult decisions is part of the job -- and something he had to do in balancing Florida's budget.
"We walked in two years ago, we walked in with a $3.7 billion budget. We had to make tough choices. It's hard. They need to make the same thing," he said.
State Senator John Thrasher says the good news is because of Governor Scott's tough choices, Florida is positioned to handle the looming sequestration possibly better than any other state in the country.
"Our budget this year is probably better than it has been in the last four or five years. We actually are looking at a surplus," Thrasher said. "We are in better position to be if we're impacted by this than probably any other state."
But Scott is still adamant that lack of national leadership shouldn't be tolerated or rewarded.
"The individuals up there should not be paid while they're not making logical decisions."
Some predict if the cuts happen, the country is facing another recession.