Florida Lawmakers Dissect Scott's Budget

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - There's no question the Florida governor's budget is historic in the amount of spending it would cut and taxes it would lower, but that very fact has made it a lightning rod for lawmakers of both parties.

Today (2-10) at the Capitol, House and Senate budget committees met to dissect the most controversial ideas Scott is proposing. Among them: taking 200-million dollars out of the state's transportation trust fund to help balance the rest of the budget. Critics say doing that could cost thousands of road construction jobs, at a time when Scott is looking to create jobs.

Some lawmakers are accusing Scott of trying to tax specialized businesses to make his math work, and the powerful chairman of the senate economic development committee put the governor's team on notice that if they want 800-million dollars to help grow the economy, they'd better be able to prove where it would go.

Senator Don Gaetz (R), Niceville, says, "I'm talking about the kinds of things that he would have in his business, that he looks at every quarter to know whether he's on track, and that some of the rest of us do to. Is the governor's office going to propose those metrics of performance, so that we can have a good business discussion about that before we vote?"

An indicator that the governor's budget could be in danger of being dramatically amended: next week, lawmakers in the House plan to come up with their own list of budget cuts.

In all, Scott's budget proposal would cut five billion dollars in spending and reduce taxes by two billion.

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  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Feb 12, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Truthtracker, I agree with your second post about prisoners 110%. Why should we the taxpayers pay the cost of their incarceration? Prisoners have it made. Life is so easy for them many break the law deliberately to get back in prison. They need to be working and paying their own way. Bring back the chain gangs. Maybe they will think twice about breaking the law and ending up in prison again. Or an eye for an eye. You steal, you loose your hand, you murder, you get a public hanging on the courthouse square, etc.
  • by Truthtracker Location: N. Florida on Feb 11, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    Your right anonymous like that almost 33 billion the state spends on medicaid. Were already taking care of the babies daddy now we got to take care of the babies momma and babies. That should cut several billion. I mean hell our Governer should know plenty about medicaid and medicare.
  • by Lip Cheese on Feb 11, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    Truthtracker, I agree with you. Sales tax collects from everyone equally. On another note...feel the love of the posters when it comes to money. Sounds like a bunch of 2 year olds fighting over the last piece of candy. And if you disagree with me poo poo on you!! Waaaa!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    Truthtracker, The sales tax can not be changed. The Governor has said no tax increase, and the legislature has agreed to not increase taxes. Why not cut what needs to be cut.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Truthtracker, How about charging them the full cost for their incarceration. Why should we (the citizens) have to be victimized twice.
  • by who's the boss ? Location: land on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    hey gov, the legislature runs this boat. you'll figure that out sooner or later. a ceo is not the boss here.
  • by Truthtracker Location: N. Florida on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    Continued: Speaking of burdens and times being hard, how about convicted felons getting charged a dollar for everyday of incarceration after all, they recieve 3 hot meals, medication, medical treatment, educational/vocational training, addiction treatment programs, housing, clothing the list goes on. Their freedom is the punishment for their crime. Their cost of living to us the citizens of the great State of Florida victims as well. After all we didn't tell these people to murder, rape, home invade, child molest, rob or commit any other crime. I think of it as restitution to the citizens of Florida. If the bill is not paid when their released, deduct from their pay checks just like child support. Talk about cutting the prison budget. Plus a percentage of the monies collected could be put into more re-entry programs. Perhaps reducing the chance's of an inmate from re-offending. Just a thought. No ones cost of living should be free. We treat convicted felons better than we treat seniors.
  • by Truthtracker Location: N. Florida on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    As I sit here and read one article after another about the State Budget, It's as though people think that it's state employee's fault the economy is/has been bad. Have we all forgotten about the bankers and big business that bloated home appraisals and mortgage's. Extended credit to people that weren't capable of paying the debt to start with. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE for where were at right now, not just state employee's. The State of Florida has one of the lowest ratios of state employee's to number of citizens in the United States. I personally don't think our children should suffer with such a severe cut of 3 billion to education. As for State Corrections and Law Enforcement we should keep in mind crime is down statewide. So since we are all responsible why don't we raise the sales tax one cent so everyone carries the burden.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    The governor is right to cut the budget. there is so much waste. The education budget should be cut also. the budget for education has gone up 250% since 1980 and the test scores haven't changed at all. Where is teh money going?? The students are not getting any better education. half of the dept of education could go away, that would free up dollars for the local schools. There is so many state and federal mandates that must be taught now that the school has no time to teach that basics anymore. The school board members should serve as volunteers, not draw payments, that money could go back into the schools as well. Get rid of the bad teachers, fire them and lets keep the good ones. The class room size limit is driving up costs as well and taking money from the class rooms. Everyone over 40 years old, how many were in your classes and did you get a good education?? It's time to start using common sense and stop throwing money at a problem. There are other ways to solve problems.
  • by Katie Mae Location: Tallahassee on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    FYI, Drake, I have had my resume ready for months now, and have been submitting it to the private sector, hoping for a job with better pay. Guess what? Private sector employers keep telling me they cannot match what I make from the State, so they cannot offer me any better than what I make now. You must have had an unhappy experience with a state employee at the DMV or something, you sound so bitter. By your way of thinking, all state employees should be terminated on the spot and replaced with contract workers. Then you would be complaining about those people, too, I bet.
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