Florida Budget Could Spark GOP Civil War

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

With the GOP in control of the House, Senate and the Governor’s office… there was little room for dissent until this.

“Everything in this budget is basically what I believe in,” said Scott.

Monday Governor Rick Scott released his bold budget proposal: eliminating 86-hundred state jobs, reducing school funding by three billion dollars, and cutting taxes at a time when revenues are already low.

It’s now up to lawmakers to produce their budget. They say Scott’s suggestions are brazen. Dissenting viewpoints are at a whisper right now.

“I’ve already heard from many of my Republican colleagues, not Democratic colleges, but Republican colleges that are having a hard time swallowing some of the proposals,” said Senator Mike Fasano.

“Governor Bush had Republican legislatures as well and very rarely if ever did his budget go all the way through,” said Representative Erik Fresen.

Monday night Scott met with Senate leaders and asked them to pass his budget. But the legislature isn’t likely to give the governor everything he wants. If Scott doesn’t like their budget he can veto it, but then it goes right back to lawmakers.

And if they have the votes, the can override the governor’s veto. There’s also some confusion over the governor’s proposal for the legislature to pass a two year spending plan. Right now no one knows if the legislature wants to look that far into the future.

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  • by Sue Location: Florida on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    Did anyone see Scott's proposal to cap state employee's insurance benefits at $5,000 per year for an entire family, what a joke that fool is. Blood work/x-rays/mammogram/immunizations/flu, not to mention a major illness and you are done!
  • by Hogan Location: Berlin Florida on Feb 9, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    He came here from fantasy island didn't he?
  • by Tammy Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Thank you, Anonymous. Finally, someone who understands! If any of us know about economics and it cycles, we all know history repeats itself. I'm with you, Anonymous. Thank you! I hope the governor reads this. There are NO easy solutions. Posted by: Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:18 PM Tammy, What would I do to fix the economy if I was the Governor. Absolutely nothing. Government did not create the recession, and government will not end the recession (Obama already tried and failed to end the recession). The economy is cyclical, and will rebound without doing anything (it may have already started to rebound in the last quarter). Jobs will be created in the private sector as more goods and services are sold and the demand for these goods and services become greater than what is available. This is how jobs are created, and Scott can not do this, only the consumers can. Lowering corporate taxes will not be enough to make any noticeable difference in the number of jobs.
  • by agreeswithwaiting Location: tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    YES @waiting ALL agencies need to be cleaned from the TOP down. Some Directors are double dippers with loads of usless staff making more than some 20 year state employees. Do nothing but window dress for some of these Directors. I am sure the majority of State workers make under 35K now Skeletor want 5% from us. Get ride of the fat cats and leave the workers alone.
  • by Homer Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    How can Scott lower property taxes, the massive cuts in education funding will be directly made up by local school board taxes on your property tax bill. That tax will increase dramatically. Then Scott will defend his lie about cutting property taxes by blaming the increase on local gift... Not him.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    @ Kevin: So, how is this budget proposal by our new Governor acting in the best interest of the people? It only acts in the best interest of the rich, and is putting many honest people out of jobs. This state has done nothing but gone down hill since Day 1 of the Jeb Bush era. The policies enacted then have really, really hurt us over the last 8-10 years, and things are only getting worse since our new dictator took office.
  • by Waiting Location: Tally on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    If you want to cut waste, why not dig, find out where the truth and waste is and start with top heavy management, administrators, directors. A DOT Asst. Secretary who for the last 2-3 YEARS has lived in South Fla. commutes to Tally on Monday utilizes a state vehicle, state gas, lives in a hotel in Tally during the week on your tax dollars and then goes home on Thursday! Check the paper trail. Look for real waste before laying off hard working, low paid employees who work circles around "management" then they get treated like second hand citizens. Wake Up! If you work in state government you've taken on a least two jobs since the last governor, with no pay yet Mr. Scott wants to lay you off, cut your salary, cut benefits! Who, Mr. Scott, do you think will do the work once you've laid off the workforce? The day to day work still has to be done and you and your so called political group don't have a CLUE.
  • by WHO on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    Who elected this fruitcake?
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    Exactly why "We the People" need to take back America from the Elite and Leftists that now run the Country . Liberal and Corporate interests are going to kill good hard working people. Isnt there an Article in the Constitution ..."When any Government acts in its own interest , and NOT that of the People.....?"
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:23 PM
    Sue, About the State planes. If the Governor needs to fly, he can go commercial, or they can charter a plane. As far as looking at hurricane damage, there is a thing called the National Guard, and the Governor would be able to catch a ride with them, so don't worry too much about how the next Governor will fly.
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