Published: May 14, 2011 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: May 14, 2011 12:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thirty employees from the DeSoto Juvenile Correctional Facility and the Dual Diagnosed Correctional Facility are asking Governor Rick Scott to save their jobs. 

Budget cuts will close the facilities in July, unless Scott issues a line item veto to save them. 

The employees traveled to Tallahassee Friday to meet with Scott.  They spoke with a representative from his office. 

"I feel like it's a very important facility," Jan Jackson, a teacher at the juvenile complex, said. "There are services for there for the students that they can't get anywhere else in the State of Florida."

"A lot of these children are hard to manage and they receive a variety of services there:  medical, therapuetic and educational," she said.

If Scott signs the budget without eliminating the spending cut, four hundred people will lose their jobs at the Desoto County facility.   County leaders fear that could spike the local unemployment rate to nearly 15%.