Governor Rick Scott to Propose 2-year Florida Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hollywood, FL (AP) - A spokesman says Gov. Rick Scott will propose a two-year rather than an annual budget for Florida.

Scott communications director Brian Burgess on Friday wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that based on the governor's business experience, he believes it's best to look beyond immediate impact.

The Florida Constitution, though, requires annual budgets.

He'll release his first budget proposal Monday at a tea party rally in Eustis.

Scott, a former health care executive, earlier Friday sought business support for his spending plan in Hollywood.

It was one of several stops he's made across the state this week to talk about his plan to slash spending by $5 billion and cut property and business taxes by more than $2 billion.

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

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  • by Mary Location: Fort Myers on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    What gets me the most about Rick Scott is his hypocrisy! During the campaign, when he was unfairly slamming Alex Sink, one of his ads came across as his being so concerned about FRS retirees and how they depended on the money that Sink supposedly "mismanaged". He tried to come across as caring so much about retirees. His tune sure is different now,isn't it? How many of you misguided people who voted for him are happy now?
  • by RightofCenter Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM
    I assume that everyone protesting Scott's actions feel that we should continue running a deficit and pass it on to the generations yet to come. Florida, like the rest of America is broke and now it's time to ante up. I like my tea southern style. Iced and plenty of sugar.
  • by Sue Location: Madison County on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    I work for the state personnel system, Jeb Bush tried to privatize personnel and we ended up still having to do the job while the state pays Convergys/People First 8 million dollars for their screwups. Those ofus in personnel work 10-12 hours a day because we are SES which means that we can be fired at any time without Career Service rules to help us tell our side of what happened. We can be terminated immediately. No raises in years, and now a 5% decrease for retirement that was supposedly one of the perks for becoming an SES employee. WE have deadlines that we have to meet and if we don't, the higher ups want to know why paperwork was not delivered on tim. Phones, people coming in to file hostile work environment cases, sexual harassment cases, worker's comp, sick leave request, FMLA requests, interviews, you name it and we do it in Personnel for the State of Florida. And we do it like we have been doing for the past 10 years. Privatization does not work in state government. I know!
  • by Therese Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    Has the Governor's office been cut proportionally to all other state agencies? The governor should lead by example. Perhaps cutting some legislative staff would help us to keep teachers in the classroom with a reasonable salary.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Mrs V , What teachers are you talking about. Some teachers have gotten raises last year as they are paid by the school district, and some school districts have given raises to the teachers in the last few years. You need to check your facts.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Non-Smoker, The policy says that breaks are not required. Also many positions require a little flexibility so that phones can be answered, and the public could be taken care of. Imagine what would happen if a State trooper told you that they will be glad to help just as soon as they get off break. You do not understand people and would not make a good leader or manager.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    State Worker X , Why would anyone ever work this long at a job and still make less than 24,000. What is wrong with you. Are you not capable of learning anything or going to school, or are you one of those that expect a paycheck just for showing up to work every day.
  • by State Worker X Location: tally Town on Feb 7, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    I Work for the State, 22 Years now and make just under $24K a Year, BEFORE Taxes. If Scott takes out any more Money from my Check, I may have to get on Food Stamps........... Of course, by getting on Food Stamps, I might be able to eat better.
  • by Non-Smoker Location: Tallahassee on Feb 7, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    You want to Cut State Employees by 5%? It's Simple, State Employees get two 15 Minute Breaks each Day, first starting at starting at 10:00am and the Second at 3:00pm. Any State Employee who is seen Smoking and are NOT on Break or Lunch, FIRE THEM. If they can't go 2 Hours without a Smoke, they need to find a Job outside some where.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:42 AM
    John. Replacing all state vehicles would cost more than keeping old ones and paying their higher fuel costs. Replace them only when needed, and then getting ones with high fuel efficiency make more sense. There are some that show up just to get paid, but the really bright hard-working workers will not consider working for the state anymore.
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