TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- A son of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles says removing $700 million from a state fund named after his father appears to be legal.
Bud Chiles has dropped plans to sue the state, The Tampa Tribune reported. But he is still angry about the way money from the Lawton Chiles Endowment was used to plug a hole in the state budget.
"It probably is legal," Chiles said. "It certainly doesn't make it right."
Lawton Chiles died in 1998 near the end of his second term as governor. He also represented Florida as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate for 18 years.
The Chiles fund was set up to provide services for children and the elderly. Bud Chiles accused the state Legislature of "sleight of hand," saying authorization was slipped into a bill, something Republican legislative leaders deny.
"The children of Florida need help right now," a spokeswoman for Gov. Charlie Crist said, defending the move.