Budget Chief Says Scott Flexible on Florida Spending

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL - Gov. Rick Scott's budget chief has assured lawmakers his boss will be flexible about his spending proposals.

Budget director Jerry McDaniel, a holdover from former Gov. Charlie Crist's administration, told the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday that Scott is under no illusion lawmakers will pass everything he's proposed.

Scott on Monday rolled out a $65.9 billion budget proposal that makes deep spending cuts. Education would take the biggest hit and Scott also wants to cut property taxes that support public schools.

Both of those recommendations drew opposition, and McDaniel agreed they'd lead to teacher layoffs.

The panel's chairman, Sen. JD Alexander, also turned thumbs down on Scott's proposal to pass a two-year instead of annual budget.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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