Around the South for Mar. 23: TN, AR & FL

Tennessee: Corker blasts spending bill. US Sen. Bob Corker (R) spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the Omnibus Spending Bill that is expected to pass the Senate. “We’re voting on a bill tonight or tomorrow that is going to add – there is no question – a minimum of $2 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years,” Corker said, adding, “This is one of the most grotesque pieces of legislation I can remember.” ……. Arkansas: Hutchinson proposes transformation of state government. Contending that this will be “one of the most important initiatives of my administration, and one that will require much heavy lifting,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) set forth a plan that would reduce the number of state agencies from 42 to 15. “This is the most extensive transformation of state government since 1971, when Governor Dale Bumpers cut the number of major agencies from almost 60 to 13,” he added, reported the Harrison Daily Times. Hutchinson also pointed out that his plan would save the taxpayers money ……. Florida: Poll shows Nelson leads Scott. The Gravis Marketing firm’s third survey in a series of polls on the preferences of Sunshine State voters shows that in a trial heat between US Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and challenger Governor Rick Scott (R), Nelson leads by 44% to Scott’s 40%. President Trump’s approval rating in Florida is still underwater – 41% approve, 49% disapprove …….