Florida Senate Panel Diverts Low-cost Housing Funds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The Senate's Budget Committee has agreed to permanently divert $194 million annually from Florida's affordable housing program for what opponents say is a temporary revenue shortage for other state needs.

The panel also Friday voted to slash health care spending for
"medically needy" patients with catastrophic illness including those needing transplants but without sufficient insurance coverage.

Builders, real estate brokers and advocates for low-income people said they didn't oppose shifting the real estate-related tax funds from affordable housing this year but argued there's no need to make that diversion permanent.

Committee Chairman JD Alexander responded that overbuilding is a
big part of Florida's economic problems and the shift would still leave plenty of federal money and other funding in the program.

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


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  • by I see death panels Location: tally on Apr 3, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    "The panel also Friday voted to slash health care spending for "medically needy" patients with catastrophic illness including those needing transplants but without sufficient insurance coverage". This was stated like an afterthought!If you call yourself a Republican and a Christian,you should be so ashamed.Devil worshipper and Republican is more like it!No one that loves Jesus would vote for people that would attack the poor like this!
  • by disgusted on Apr 2, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    What a prime example of legalized theft. Taxpayers money makes up this affordable housing fund and the spineless legislators choose to take and allocate this money to cover an expense since won`t raise taxes on the rich or corporations to pay for the items in their budget. Once again they are NOT doing their jobs - if you take the funding, you should pass a bill to eliminate the program and its funding so the electorate can see just how wretched you greedy people really are.
  • by Danno Location: Tally on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    The disadvantaged don't need that money anyway. They aren't smart enough to use it properly, they would just find a way to spend it on drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Instead, it should be given to the millionaires, along with tax breaks, so that they can invest in the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and alcohol industries.
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